DGKN staff report
A Uniontown man was sentenced March 7 for more than 12 years in prison and 10 years of supervised release after he pleaded guilty to coercion or enticement of a minor.
Acting U.S. Attorney Michelle M. Baeppler announced that Bradley Willem Beun, 42, of Uniontown, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Sara Lioi to more than 12 years, or 151 months, in prison and 10 years of supervised release after Beun pleaded guilty to coercion or enticement of a minor, according to a news release from the Department of Justice U.S. Attorney’s Office Northern District of Ohio.
“This defendant took deliberate steps and made real plans to sexually abuse what he believed to be was an eight-year-old child, “ Baeppler said in the news release. “Thanks to the work of law enforcement, this defendant will no longer have the opportunity to prey upon children.”
“Our unwavering commitment to protecting innocent and defenseless children is paramount,” Eric B. Smith, FBI Special Agent in Charge said in the release. “We are dedicated to thoroughly investigating reprehensible behavior from vile individuals and will continue to work diligently to thwart criminal misconduct of this nature.”
According to court documents, in April 2021, Beun began an online conversation with an undercover FBI agent and expressed interest in meeting the undercover agent’s purported 8-year-old child for the purposes of engaging in sexual conduct. On April 16, 2021, Beun arrived at the pre-determined location to meet the minor and was arrested by law enforcement.
This investigation was conducted by the FBI. This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Tracey Ballard Tangeman.