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Knoxville Man Pleads Guilty To Attempting To Entice A Twelve-Year-Old To Engage In Sex

October 17, 2012 Department of Justice
United States Attorney William C. Killian Eastern District of Tennessee
Knoxville Man Pleads Guilty To Attempting To Entice A Twelve-Year-Old To Engage In Sex

KNOXVILLE, Tenn - Raymond Boden, 58, of Knoxville, Tenn., was sentenced on October 17, 2012, in U.S. District Court, after pleading guilty to attempting to entice a 12-year-old child to engage in illegal sexual activity. The Honorable Thomas A. Varlan, U.S. District Judge ordered Boden to serve a term of 121 months in prison and 10 years of supervised release upon his release. Judge Varlan also ordered that Boden's computer and cellular phone be forfeited as instrumentalities of the crime.

This case began in May 2011 when an investigator with Knoxville Police Department's Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force located an online public posting on the Knoxville Craigslist website that sought a mother and daughter to engage in sexual fantasies. The ICAC investigator, working in an undercover capacity, responded to the Craigslist website posting asking what the anonymous poster "had in mind." Boden responded to the undercover investigator's inquiry, expressing his interest in engaging in sexual activity with a mother and her daughter, using his personal email account. Boden thereafter engaged in a series of email exchanges over the internet with the undercover investigator, who was posing as the adult mother of a 12-year-old child.

In June 2011 Boden arrived at a specified hotel and room number to meet the undercover investigator, who was posing as the mother with her 12-year-old child. After Boden knocked on the hotel room door and an undercover officer identified him through the latched door, he was taken into custody. When he was arrested, Boden had in his possession various items, including sexual aids and a gift for the child.

This conviction is the result of a collaborative investigation by the Knoxville Police Department ICAC and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Melissa Kirby represented the United States.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood (PSC), a Department initiative launched in 2006 that aims to combat the proliferation of technology-facilitated sexual exploitation crimes against children. Led by U.S. Attorneys' Offices and the Department of Justice Criminal Division's Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, PSC marshals federal, state, tribal and local resources to better locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims. For more information visit


While the internet wasn't mentioned in the above cases, even non-kiddie porn viewers would be encouraged to cross the line. Many of the women in porn attempt to depict themselves as little girls or are recruited based on looking under age. We should note the following from "Internet Pornography and Sexual Abuse of Children";

U.S. agencies report a 993 percent increase in violent crime and 5,171 percent more child sex abuse from 1976 to 1999. In 1999, 67 percent of sex victims were children, 64 percent of forcible sodomy victims were boys under age 12, and 19,000 in-school rapes and sex abuses were reported. This essay alleges that this dramatic increase is at least partially explained by the lax, permissive attitudes toward internet library pornography...

More shocking is so-called civil liberties groups such as the ACLU turn schools and public libraries into porn gateways in the name of gay rights and sexual expression/education. To quote,

Meanwhile in this same time frame, weakened laws allowed for American Library Association administrators to quietly turn our public libraries into dirty book stores, protecting internet access to debasing and dehumanizing, adult and child pornographic stimuli. ... UCLA neuropsychologist Dr. Margaret Kemeny's research implicates pornography as precipitating a cascade of changes in the body that have an impact on health. This supports former Surgeon General Everett Koop's diagnosis of pornography as a crushing public health problem. Violence and pornography, he said, are felonies against the human spirit. Those who commit them have an appetite for outrage and devour what we cling to as civilized life.

"Internet Pornography and Sexual Abuse of Children." 15 Mar 2013

Also see Two men charged with Incest-Rape - Child Abuse and the Net

See Crime by Race in Tennessee

Prescription drug use is a problem in Tennessee

Drug overdose deaths in Tennessee are increasing:

The number of drug overdose deaths in Tennessee increased from 422 in 2001 to 1,059 in 2010; The number of drug overdose deaths in 2010 represents an increase of 250% over the 10 year time period. Includes all drug overdose deaths where the manner of death was listed as one of the following: accidental, undetermined, suicide (intentional), or homicide.

Source: Office of Policy, Planning and Assessment, Tennessee Department of Health - Death Certificates.

The top three most prescribed controlled substances in Tennessee in 2010 are:

275.5 million pills of hydrocodone (e.g., Lortab, Lorcet, Vicodin);

116.6 million pills prescribed for alprazolam (e.g., Xanax: used to treat anxiety);

113.5 million pills prescribed for oxycodone (e.g., OxyContin, Roxicodone) Hydrocodone and oxycodone are both prescription opioids used to treat pain.

The number of drugs prescribed during 2010 to Tennesseans represents:
51 pills of hydrocodone for EVERY Tennessean above the age of 12;
22 pills of alprazolam for EVERY Tennessean above the age of 12;
21 pills of oxycodone for EVERY Tennessean above the age of 12.

Source: Report to the 2011 General Assembly by the Tennessee Department of Health Controlled Substance Database Advisory Committee, Board of Pharmacy.

Prescription drug abuse affects everyone:

Abuse of prescription opioids is the number one drug problem for Tennesseans receiving state-funded treatment services;

Almost 250,000 Tennesseans older than 12 reported abusing prescription opioids in 2009.

Source: Treatment Episode Data Set - Admission (TEDS-A). 1999 - 2009. SAMHSA State Estimates of Substance Use and Mental Disorders from the 2008 - 2009 National Surveys on Drug Use and Health.

Prescription drug abuse hits every profession and every socioeconomic level:

For those seeking state-funded treatment, people who were stable (married, employed and had at least a high school education) were 3.16 times more likely than less stable consumers to use prescription opioids than illicit drugs.

Source: Division of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Services. Tennessee Web Information Technology System (TN WITS) Database.

Prescription drug abuse especially affects women:

While more men were admitted to treatment in 2009 than women, a higher percentage of women abuse prescription opioids;

21% of 6,827 men reported prescription opioids as their primary substance of abuse;

27% of 3,403 women listed prescription opioids as their primary substance of abuse;

35% of 142 pregnant women admitted to state-funded treatment services in Tennessee listed prescription opioids as their primary substance of abuse.

Source: SAMHSA State Estimates of Substance Use and Mental Disorders from the 2008 - 2009 National Surveys on Drug Use and Health.