George Ronald Marion, 67, of Fairfax Station, was sentenced today to 50 months in prison for traveling interstate to engage in illicit sexual conduct with a minor and possessing child pornography, announced U.S. Attorney Ronald C. Machen, Jr..
Marion, a retired Army officer, pled guilty to the charges in February 2013 in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. He was sentenced by the Honorable Ellen S. Huvelle.
Upon completion of his prison term, Marion will be placed on 10 years of supervised release. During that time, he must abide by a number of conditions, including registering as a sex offender, getting sex offender treatment, and following limits on computer/Internet usage and contact with minors. Judge Huvelle also ordered Marion to pay a $3,000 fine.
According to the governmentâ€™s evidence, between November 28, 2012, and December 8, 2012, Marion communicated online, by text message, and by telephone with an individual regarding Marionâ€™s interest in engaging in sexual contact with an underage girl. Marion and the individual planned to meet on December 8, 2012.
The individual actually was acting under law enforcement supervision, working with the FBIâ€™s Child Exploitation Task Force. On December 8, 2012, Marion traveled from Virginia to the prearranged meeting location in Washington, D.C., where he was arrested. Following Marionâ€™s arrest, law enforcement conducted a search of Marionâ€™s residence and found approximately seven videos and 16 images of child pornography on his computer and electronic storage devices.
This case was brought as part of the Department of Justiceâ€™s Project Safe Childhood initiative and investigated by the FBIâ€™s Child Exploitation Task Force, which includes members of the FBIâ€™s Washington Field Office and MPD. In February 2006, the Attorney General created Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative designed to protect children from online exploitation and abuse.