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Undercover Officer Nets DOJ Employee Traveling for Sex with Minor

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WORCESTER COUNTY, Md. - A federal grand jury has indicted a Department of Justice employee after officials say he traveled from his Delaware beach house to Worcester County in order to have sexual relations with a minor.

The Worcester County Sheriff’s Office says that according to the indictment, 54-year-old James Cicala of Columbia, Md., made the trip on August 15 and was arrested upon his arrival.

The Sheriff’s Office says one of its undercover detectives learned of Cicala’s intentions on July 21 while investigating child solicitation on the internet. On that date, the detective reportedly responded to an ad titled “Daddy’s Little Girl.” The poster identified himself as a man in his late 40’s interested in meeting someone for a “daddy/daughter relationship,” and the detective identified himself as a juvenile female.

According to the Sheriff’s Office, on August 15, law enforcement attempted to identify the owner of the phone being used in ongoing conversations between the poster and the detective and learned it belonged to the Department of Justice. The Sheriff’s Office says Cicala used his DOJ-issued phone or work computer, sometimes during work hours, to communicate with the undercover officer.

On that same date, Cicala was arrested upon arrival at the location in Worcester County he had planned to meet a 15-year-old girl with the intent of engaging in “sexually explicit conduct,” the Sheriff’s Office says. He was charged with traveling interstate to have sex with a minor.

Two days later, Cicala was placed on administrative leave by the Department of Justice, where he worked in IT, and all electronic devices assigned to him were secured.

According to the Sheriff’s Office, Cicala faces a maximum of 30 years in prison followed by up to lifetime of supervised release. An initial appearance is scheduled for Friday at 3:15 p.m. before U.S. Magistrate Judge Timothy J. Sullivan in U.S. District Court in Baltimore.  

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