BROWNSVILLE, Texas – A federal grand jury in Brownsville has
indicted a 64-year-old man for child exploitation crimes that allegedly
occurred in Honduras, Mexico and Texas, announced Acting U.S. Attorney Abe
A federal grand jury returned a 12-count superseding indictment
against Donald Frederic Bollinger, of Dallas, today. He was previously indicted
Sept. 19, 2017, and has been in custody since his arrest shortly thereafter. He
is expected to make his initial appearance before U.S. Magistrate Judge Morgan
on the new charges on Oct. 26, 2017.
The charges include allegations that Bollinger engaged in
illicit sexual activity in a foreign place (Honduras and Mexico), travelled to
a foreign place with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity, conspired to
transport a minor across international boundaries with intent to engage in
criminal sexual activity, failed to register as a sex offender, conspired to
engage in alien smuggling and committed a felony involving a minor while being
registered as a sex offender.
The indictment alleges that between February 2012 and March
2014, Bollinger travelled from Dallas to Honduras to engage in illicit sexual
conduct with boys under the age of 18. Thereafter, Bollinger allegedly
conspired to have an individual under the age of 18 transported to the United
States with the intent to engage in criminal sexual activity. During this time
period, Bollinger also allegedly travelled to Honduras by aircraft and used a
cell phone to entice or coerce an individual he believed was 15 years old to
engage in sexual activity, according to the charges. Bollinger allegedly
travelled through South Texas to Mexico to engage in illicit sexual conduct
between March and April 2016. Bollinger, a registered sex offender, also failed
to update his sex offender registration when he travelled to Mexico in March
2016, according to the indictment.
Bollinger faces a minimum of 10 years and up to life
imprisonment for conspiring to transport a minor across international borders
with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity and enticement of a minor to
engage in criminal sexual activity. For each of the five counts of engaging in
illicit sexual conduct in foreign places and one count of traveling with intent
to engage in criminal sexual activity Bollinger faces up to 30 years in prison.
He also faces up to 20 years in prison for enticement of a minor to travel to
engage in illicit sexual activity.
Bollinger also faces penalties for engaging in alien
smuggling and for failing to update his sex offender registration status before
traveling internationally. These charges include sentences of up to 10 years
for failure to register and for conspiring to smuggle undocumented aliens into
the United States as well as a five- year sentence for encouraging an
undocumented alien to enter the United States illegally. In addition, Bollinger
faces another mandatory minimum of 10 years in addition to any other sentence
imposed for committing the crimes while a registered sex offender.
Each charge also carries a possible $250,000 maximum fine
Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security
Investigations (HSI) - Rio Grande Valley Child Exploitation Task Force
conducted the investigation with the assistance of HSI - Dallas division.
Assistant U.S. Attorneys Ana Cano
and Jason Corley are prosecuting the case, which was 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.usdoj.gov/psc. For more
information about internet safety education, please visit www.usdoj.gov/psc and click on the tab