Attorney sentenced for attempted sex with a child

Richard Franklin Jensen, III, 34, of Atlanta, Georgia. [Image credit: CW 44 Tampa Bay]

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Richard Franklin Jensen, III, a licensed Georgia attorney, was sentenced on Friday, September 25 to 12 years 7 months in federal prison for attempting to entice a minor to engage in sexual activity and attempting to transfer obscene material to a minor.

 

Jensen was indicted February 20, 2019 and found guilty by a federal jury on November 26, 2019.

 

According to the release issued by the Department of Justice, between May  23 and June 1, 2015, Jensen communicated with what he believed was the single mother of a 12-year-old girl.

 

During the conversations, which took place on social media, via e-mail, and over text messages, he stated that he was "interested in sexually abusing the child, and that he was willing to travel from Atlanta to the Tampa Bay area to teach the "child" about sex and the "art of pleasing a man.""

 

Jensen not only provided "graphic details about the sexual abuse he wanted to perform on the child" but also outlined plans to abuse the girl over a period of time and promised to provide "sexy big girl clothes and underwear" for the child.

 

He requested that the "mom" let the child watch pornography in preparation for the abuse.

 

Evidence presented during the trial showed that Jensen also emailed and messaged the purported child, graphically describing the sexual abuse he wished to engage in with her.

 

“Our communities are safer today with this child predator being put behind bars,” said Homeland Security Investigations Tampa Assistant Special Agent in Charge Micah McCombs.

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