A 58-year-old Rockford man was sentenced to 84 months in prison on federal charges of traveling to California to engage in sex with a minor.
Donald Trotter pled guilty to the charges on August 14, 2012. He must also pay a fine of $25,000 and the cost of his representation by the Federal Public Defender.
Trotter was arrested in August 2009 in Long Beach, California. According to the written plea agreement, he had a sexual relationship with a 13-year-old victim both during and prior to 2009. Trotter told the girl his name was Daniel Black and he was a government agent.
Trotter rented an apartment with the intentions of living with the victim and arranged for the teen to travel to California on August 1, 2009. Two days later he flew from Illinois to California with the intention of engaging in sexual acts with the victim.
He has been convicted of state charges in Illinois, which included three counts of criminal sexual assault and one count of child abduction. He was sentenced to a total of 45 years in prison, which he is currently serving. After he is released from state prison, Trotter will be taken into federal custody to serve out 48 months of his 84-month federal sentence. He will not be eligible for parole on that sentence.
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