EAST ST. LOUIS – A Cahokia, Illinois, man - Joseph Albert Fuchs III - was found guilty as charged last week for Enticement of a Minor, Travel with Intent to Engage in Illicit Sexual Conduct, and Engaging in Illicit Sexual Conduct in a Foreign Place. During this time, Fuchs was a special agent for the United States Postal Service Office of Inspector General (USPSOIG). USPSOIG provided their full cooperation in the investigation.

Sentencing is set for August 24, 2022, in front of the Honorable Judge Stephen P. McGlynn. According to evidence presented during the trial, J. Fuchs, III, an American citizen, met a 14-year-old girl while visiting the Philippines. Fuchs then engaged in sexual conversations with the minor using Facebook.

Get The Latest News!

Don't miss our top stories and need-to-know news everyday in your inbox.

During those conversations, Fuchs discussed ways to evade detection of her age when he would return to the Philippines to engage in sexual acts with her at a hotel. Fuchs then returned to the Philippines in March of 2019 and engaged in sexual acts with the 14-year-old minor.

Article continues after sponsor message

The investigation further revealed that Fuchs sent nearly $1,000 to the minor over a year-long period.

“Today’s guilty verdict should serve as a warning to those in positions of power or trust that if you engage in this behavior and seek to harm the innocent, you will be held accountable and brought to justice,” said HSI Chicago Special Agent in Charge Angie Salazar. Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) conducted the investigation, with assistance from the HSI Attaché Manila, the Philippine National Police, and the Cahokia Police Department. The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Ali Burns and Laura Reppert.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. Led by the United States Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division's Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who sexually exploit children, and to identify and rescue victims.

For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.usdoj.gov/psc. For more information about internet safety education, please visit www.usdoj.gov/psc and click on the tab “resources.”

More like this:

Dec 20, 2022 | Former Federal Agent Sentenced To 126 Months For Enticing Minor And Engaging in Sex Tourism In Philippines

Dec 4, 2020 | Nine Men Indicted On Child Sex Crimes Charges Resulting From Rock Island FBI Investigation

May 24, 2016 | Man to serve 15 years in prison for attempted sex trafficking of a child

Aug 3, 2019 | Alton Man Sentenced to 33 Years in Prison for Live Streaming Sexual Abuse of a Child

Sep 15, 2021 | Men Sentenced For Crimes Involving Minors