Middle District of Florida | U.S. Marine Sentenced To More Than 17 Years In Prison For Attempted Online Enticement Of Child To Engage In Sexual Activity

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Jacksonville, Florida – U.S. District Judge Marcia Morales Howard has sentenced Schyular Quinton Willis (24, Sebastian, Florida) to 17 years and 6 months in federal prison for attempted online enticement of a minor child to engage in sexual activity. Willis entered a guilty plea on January 31, 2024. Willis has been in custody since his arrest on October 10, 2023, at Camp Pendleton, California.

According to court documents, on October 4, 2023, the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) was contacted by the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office (JSO) regarding a report of child exploitation. On October 1, 2023, JSO responded to a residence regarding a call for service. Minor Parent 1 (MP1), father of Minor Victim 1 (MV1), had located nude images of the child on her cellphone along with a text message thread between MV1 and Willis. The thread contained multiple nude images of MV1 and Willis. During a later conversation with MP1, JSO learned Willis had access to MV1, recently spent time with MV1 while in Florida, and was an active-duty Marine. Based on the information received from MP1, JSO concluded Willis was likely a member of the military. NCIS was contacted and verified Willis was an active-duty lance corporal in the U.S. Marine Corps and stationed at Camp Pendleton.  

NCIS reviewed MV1’s cellphone and located a text message thread between Willis and MV1, which began on July 31, 2023, and continued through September 26, 2023.  Throughout the text thread, sexual intercourse and the production of child sexual abuse materials were discussed on several occasions. 

On October 10, 2023, Willis was arrested at Camp Pendleton. He consented to an interview and a search of his devices. Willis admitted to talking to MV1 sexually and that it was a mistake. A review of Willis’s cellphone uncovered additional text messages between him and MV1, dating back as early as July 25, 2023, which appeared to reference possible sexual activity between Willis and MV1. 

This case was investigated by the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office and the Naval Criminal Investigative Service. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Ashley Washington.

This is another case brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse.  Led by the United States Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who sexually exploit children, and to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.justice.gov/psc.



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