Oregon man indicted for traveling across state lines to engage in sex with Mo., minors
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A federal grand jury indicted an Oregon man for traveling across states lines to Missouri to engage in illicit sex with a minor on Thursday.
Abdul Lamont Gamble, 39, of LaGrande, Ore., was charged in a single-count indictment returned by a federal grand jury in Kansas City, Mo. The indictment replaces a federal criminal complaint that was filed against Gamble on April 10, 2014.
The indictment alleges that Gamble traveled from Oregon to Missouri between March 25 and April 9, 2014, to engage in illicit sexual conduct with a minor and a commercial sex act with a minor.
According to the affidavit, Gamble contacted an undercover law enforcement officer through a website on Oct. 28, 2013, and offered to have sex with her fictitious 11-year-old and 15-year-old daughters. He allegedly continued to communicate with the undercover officer sporadically, via email, texts and phone calls, until late March 2014.
Gamble’s communications allegedly included explicit descriptions of the sexual acts he intended to perform on and with the two minor girls, as well as an agreement to pay $250 in exchange for his sexual activities with the two minor girls. Gamble traveled to Kansas City, Mo., on a Greyhound bus, the affidavit says, and arrived on April 9, 2014. The undercover officer met him at the bus station. According to the affidavit, Gamble paid the undercover officer $100 upfront and stated he would pay the remaining $150 after he completed the sex acts with the minor girls. Gamble also reconfirmed the sexual acts he intended on performing on and with the two minor girls.
According to investigators, Gamble and the undercover officer stopped at a CVS on Independence Avenue. As he exited the car and began to approach the CVS, police arrested Gamble.
This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Patrick D. Daly. It was investigated by the Kansas City, Mo., police department and the FBI.