Omaha man convicted in federal court of enticing children

OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) – A federal jury found a 48-year-old Omaha man guilty of seducing a minor on Thursday.

James Joiner now faces a minimum sentence of 10 years. Jan Sharp, acting US attorney for Nebraska, reported the verdict after a two-day trial, according to a press release on Friday.

In March 2020, Joiner was arrested after responding to an online ad for a prostitute who was, in fact, an undercover law enforcement officer who pretended to be a 15-year-old girl. In exchange, Joiner offered to pay the girl and buy her an iTunes gift card at a gas station meeting.

When he got to the gas station, the police arrested him.

“Joiner admitted that he replied to the prostitution ad and sent a text message with what he believed to be a 15-year-old woman, but stated that he wanted to try to persuade the woman to do house cleaning for him in order to make money.” According to the US attorney’s press release.

The carpenter remains in custody until his hearing on June 16 at 11 a.m.

The Project Safe Childhood case has been investigated by the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office and the Omaha FBI’s Exploitation and Trafficking Task Force, the press release said.

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