12 February 2024- Holden Borten, age 25, of Gaithersburg, Maryland, was sentenced today to 135 months in federal prison for traveling for sex with a minor.
According to court documents and statements made in court, Borten initiated a sexual conversation through social media with someone he believed was under the age of 12 and then traveled from Maryland to Berkeley County, West Virginia, expecting a sexual encounter with the minor in December 2022. Borten was arrested at the meeting site by law enforcement.
Upon completion of his prison sentence, Borten will be on supervised release for life.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Kimberley Crockett prosecuted the case on behalf of the government.
The investigation was led by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the West Virginia State Police Internet Crimes Against Children Unit.
U.S. District Judge Gina M. Groh presided.