Kissimmee man guilty of trying to meet 14-year-old for sex

A 41-year-old Kissimmee man will spend at least 10 years behind bars after a jury found him guilty of attempting to entice a teenage boy to meet him for sex.  

On Friday, U.S. Attorney Roger B. Handberg of the Middle District of Florida announced that Damien Suhr has been convicted of attempted enticement of a minor to engage in sexual activity.

Suhr faces a minimum mandatory penalty of a decade, up to life, in federal prison. He was indicted in June of 2023.

According to evidence presented at trial, on May 27, 2023, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) was involved in an operation with the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office. As part of this operation, a profile was created by the FBI on a dating application for a 14-year-old boy named “Jack.”

Suhr and “Jack” began exchanging messages on the dating app, and the communication quickly switched to text messages. In those texts, “Jack” made it clear to Suhr that he was 14 years old.

Over a two-week span, Suhr spoke to “Jack” about engaging in sex with him. Suhr explained in detail the various sexual acts that he wanted to perform on and with the teen.

In addition, Suhr directed “Jack” to delete the text messages to avoid detection by his mother or law enforcement.

Suhr chose a local gas station as a convenient meeting location, and he sent messages requesting that “Jack” wear a specific type of underwear. On June 9, 2023, Suhr arrived at the gas station to meet the teen, and he was met by law enforcement officers who placed him under arrest.

Court records state that Suhr had previously exchanged messages with other online users about his desire to have sex with minors as young as 12 years of age.

A sentencing hearing for Suhr will be held on June 26, 2024.

This case was investigated by the FBI. It is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Kaley Austin-Aronson and Dana Hill.

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