PADUCAH, Ky. (KT) – A federal jury at U.S. District Court in Paducah convicted a registered sex offender on Friday of attempting to entice a minor to engage in sexual activity.
According to court documents and evidence presented during the trial, Dustin R. Stone, 29, of Greenville, was arrested on Nov. 21, 2018, when he traveled to Paducah with the intent of having sex with who he thought was a 13-year-old girl.
In fact, Stone was communicating with undercover Paducah Police detectives. Stone sent sexually explicit text messages to the investigators and further solicited the encounter through a series of phone calls with an undercover female detective.
In 2014, Stone was convicted at Muhlenberg Circuit Court on a state charge of attempted use of electronic means to Induce a minor in a sex offense. After that verdict, he was ordered to be placed on the sex offender registry for 20 years.
After the jury found Stone guilty of Attempted Enticement and Commission of a Felony Involving a Minor by a Person Required to Register as a Sex Offender, according to Michael A. Bennett, Acting U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Kentucky.
“Assistant U.S. Attorneys Leigh Ann Dycus and Raymond McGee did an outstanding job during the trial of this case,” stated Acting U.S. Attorney Michael A. Bennett. The investigation and prosecution of those who wish to sexually exploit and abuse our children is a high priority of this office. I commend the Paducah Police Department for their outstanding investigatory work which resulted in the successful prosecution of Mr. Stone, a previously convicted sex offender.”
“I’m thankful for and appreciative of the hard work of the Paducah Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Unit for ensuring this predator is off the streets of Paducah and other communities,” said Paducah Police Chief Brian G. Laird. “Through our work and cooperation with the U.S. Attorney’s office, Stone was successfully prosecuted and convicted, and will not present a danger to our children for at least the next 20 years.”
Sentencing is scheduled for Dec. 9. Under federal law, Stone is facing a mandatory sentence of at least twenty years in prison. There is no parole in the federal system.