PORTLAND, Ore. - A Seattle man caught with sex toys, coloring books and candy in a Portland hotel room after arranging to have sex with two fictitious boys ages 3 and 5 was sentenced to 16 years in prison on Monday.
James Evan Eggleston, 61, pleaded guilty to interstate travel for the purpose of engaging in illicit sexual conduct with a minor.
U.S. District Judge Ancer Haggerty sentenced Eggleston to 16 years in prison, followed by a period of supervised release of five years.
Eggleston will be subject to a number of conditions of supervision, including a requirement that he register as a sex offender.
A Special Agent of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement contacted a person with the screen name "jimmy2" in a chat room called "#baby&toddlerlove" on Feb. 10, 2008.
The two traded instant messages about having sex with children and eventually traded e-mail addresses. "Jimmy2" described himself as a patient care coordinator for "trauma/psych," according to court documents.
They later set up a plan for "jimmy2" to travel to Portland and have sex with the Special Agent's two boys, ages 3 and 5, who were fictitious.
According to the affidavit, the Special Agent was able to subpoena records that linked Eggleston to the "jimmy2" screen name and e-mail addresses used to send messages to the Special Agent.
During the ongoing communications, the Washington man claimed to have had sex with a neighbor boy who had moved away, several boys in Hong Kong and a girl in Texas, the affidavit said.
On March 14, 2008, Eggleston took an Amtrak train to Portland and met the Special Agent at a restaurant in the northeast part of the city. After they walked back together to a nearby motel room rented by Eggleston, he was arrested as he opened the door to his room.
Inside, authorities found found sex toys, a bottle of lubricant, coloring books, a bag of candy and a substantial amount of child pornography.
During an interview with investigators, Eggleston denied ever having sex with anyone under the age of 17. But he did admit to traveling to Portland to have sex with kids, the affidavit said.
This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse, launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice, and led by United States Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division's Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS), Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to better locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who exploit children, as well as to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov.