HAMMOND – Denton Jerome, 32 years old, of Doylestown, Wisconsin, was sentenced by District Court Judge James Moody to 235 months imprisonment followed by five years of supervised release after pleading guilty to one count of attempted sex trafficking of a minor, announced United States Attorney Thomas L. Kirsch II.
U.S. Attorney Kirsch said, “Crimes committed against innocent children are particularly egregious. Others who commit these type of offenses, should be warned by this sentence. We and our law enforcement partners aggressively focus our efforts on bringing offenders like Mr. Jerome to justice.”
“Crimes like these have a grave impact on our children,” said James M. Gibbons, Special Agent in Charge of HSI Chicago. “Mr. Jerome’s lengthy prison sentence is a harsh reminder that law enforcement and the courts will not tolerate those who steal the innocence of the children and of our communities.”
According to documents in the case, Jerome was apprehended as a result of an undercover operation targeting customers of child sex tourism. On April 18, 2017, Jerome drove from Wisconsin to a hotel in Munster, Indiana, with the intent to engage in commercial sex acts with a 10-year-old female. Less than a year earlier, Jerome was convicted for attempted child enticement in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, also as the result of an undercover sting operation, and sentenced to three months imprisonment. Jerome committed the instant offense while on probation from his first conviction.
This case was investigated by Homeland Security Investigations with the assistance of Hammond Police Department, and prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Abizer Zanzi.