A Washington State man who tried to cross the Canadian border for sex with what he thought was a young girl will spend six-and-a-half years behind bars for attempted enticement of a minor.
Christopher David Johnston was instead communicating with undercover agents from the U.S. Immigration and Custom Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigation.
The U.S. District Attorney’s Office says police first got wind of Johnston when the 40-year-old Ferndale man posted an ad in the “Casual encounters” section of personals website Craigslist looking for “a young lady to spoil.”
That language set off warning bells for investigators, who replied telling him they were a 12-year-old girl.
Over the next two weeks, Johnston and an agent exchanged increasingly sexualized emails, texts, and chats – with the agent ultimately arranging to “meet” him in Abbotsford for sex.
He was arrested as he rode his bike to the Sumas border crossing.
In asking for 20 years supervision upon his release from prison, prosecutors pointed out Johnston was legally barred from crossing the border at the time and was willing to risk it for a sexual encounter with the supposed minor.
Johnston will instead face 10 years supervised release and will have to register as a sex offender.