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A Sigonella, Sicily-based sailor was sentenced Thursday to nine months in prison after being convicted on sex-related charges including solicitation of a minor and child pornography, according to Navy officials.

As part of a plea agreement, Petty Officer 1st Class Edward M. Jewett, 38, was convicted of two specifications of attempted indecent language with a minor and attempted solicitation of a minor and one specification of possession of child pornography, according to information provided by officials.

In addition to confinement, the military judge sentenced Jewett to forfeitures of two-thirds of pay for nine months, reduction to E-1, and a bad-conduct discharge.

He is assigned to U.S. Naval Facilities Engineering Command Europe and Southwest Asia, Detachment Sigonella.

Jewett had been charged with attempted aggravated sexual assault of a child, attempted sodomy of a child, indecent language, two counts of attempted indecent language with a child, two counts of attempted online solicitation of a child and four counts of receipt, possession, transportation or distribution of child pornography.

In March, Jewett struck up an online conversation in a Yahoo chat room with an undercover North Carolina sheriff’s deputy posing as a 33-year-old mother with a teen-aged daughter.

"He said he wanted to engage in sexual acts with both the mother and the daughter," the undercover agent, Roger Williams, said in a telephone interview.

Jewett, stationed at the Navy base on the southern Italian island, had made arrangements to meet the mother and daughter during a layover in Atlanta in mid-April, while "he was going to go home on emergency leave to visit his sick mother," said Williams, who works for the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office and is a member of the North Carolina Internet Crimes Against Children task force.

"He was going to engage in the sex acts and provide the place for it to happen," Williams said. Due to transportation complications, the meeting in Atlanta never took place, he said.

Jewett communicated many times via the Internet with the "persona" of both the mother and the teenage girl, Williams said. On one occasion, he had a telephone conversation with another undercover agent who posed as the mother, Williams said.

Jewett never sent pornographic images to Williams. The pornography charges stem from images Naval Criminal Investigation Service agents found on Jewett’s personal computer, said Williams, who was not part of that portion of the investigation but was provided with updates.


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