Maryland man charged for soliciting a minor online

The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of West Virginia announced the sentencing for Holden Borten, 25, of Gaithersburg, Maryland, earlier this week.

Borten was originally arrested following an attempted sexual encounter with someone he believed was under the age of 12.

Court documents and statements made claim Borten traveled from Maryland to Berkeley County, West Virginia with expectations of a sexual encounter with a minor in December of 2022.

When Borten arrived at the established location, he was met by law enforcement.

Following the trial, Borten was sentenced to 135 months in a federal prison.

Upon completion of his sentence, Borten will be placed on supervised leave for the rest of his life.

The investigation was led by the West Virginia State Police Internet Crimes Against Children Unit and the FBI.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Kimberley Crockett prosecuted the case on behalf of the federal government and U.S. District Judge Gina M. Groh presided.

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