A West Virginia man has been convicted for traveling across state lines to have sex with a 14-year old girl he met over the Internet.
United States Attorney William Ihlenfeld says 52-year old Mark Dawson, of Charleston has been convicted of the felony offense of “Travel in Interstate Commerce with the Intent to Engage in Illicit Sexual Conduct.”
Dawson admitted that he drove to Sardis, Ohio and picked up a minor female, and took her to a hotel in New Martinsville, West Virginia, and engaged in sexual activity with her on multiple occasions in 2012 and 2013. Dawson acknowledged that he misrepresented his age to the victim while chatting with her on a social media website and that he claimed to be much younger than his actual age.
Dawson faces up to thirty years in prison and a $250,000 fine. Dawson will be required to register as a sex offender upon his release from prison, and he will be under the supervision of the Court for the remainder of his lifetime.
A sentencing hearing will be scheduled at a later date. Dawson will remain in the custody of the United States Marshal while awaiting sentencing.