Casper resident sentenced to 10 years for attempted enticement of a minor
CASPER, WYO. — Casper, Wyoming resident Japher Rajab, age 43, was sentenced to 10 years in federal prison and five years supervised release for Attempted Enticement of a Minor.
Rajab was one of 11 men who were arrested and federally-indicted as the result of an undercover sex trafficking operation conducted during the 2019 Sturgis Motorcycle Rally with the intention of targeting internet predators. He believed he was communicating with someone he believed to be a 15-year-old girl, but turned out to be an undercover agent. After multiple chats and text messages, Rajab proceeded to negotiate a time and place to meet the minor to engage in unlawful sexual acts.
Rajab will be required to register as a sex offender under the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act. He was immediately remanded to the custody of the US Marshals Service.
The operation and arrests were a joint effort between the South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation, Department of Homeland Security, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Rapid City Police Department, and Pennington County Sheriff’s Office.