Indo-Canadian man sentenced by US court for seeking sex with minor

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US District Judge Steven P. Logan sentenced Singh to 46 months of incarceration

Dilbagh Singh (Courtesy of Coconino County Sheriff’s Office)

An Indo-Canadian man has been sentenced by US District Court in Phoenix to four years imprisonment after he traveled from Canada to engage in sex with a minor.

According to prosecutors, 57-year-old Dilbagh Singh of Ontario was arrested  after his unsuccessful bid to have sex with a 15-year-old, who turned out to be an undercover agent.

Singh established a relationship with the agent, duped as a 15-year-old, over a period of four months starting from January. The police along with federal agents arrested him from a Flagstaff hotel and during the time of the arrest, they found him in possession of condoms and alcohol.

Singh was charged for traveling to the US with the intent of having sex with a minor, which is a crime that could have earned him a maximum prison term of up to 30 years.

According to the Justice Department, the case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, launched in May 2006, which is a nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse.

“Led by United States Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to better locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims,” said the Justice Department website.

The investigation of the case was conducted by Homeland Security Investigations and the prosecution was handled by Robert I. Brooks, Assistant US Attorney, District of Arizona, Phoenix.

US District Judge Steven P. Logan sentenced Singh to 46 months of incarceration after he pleaded guilty to international travel with intent to engage in illicit sexual conduct.