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Attorney General T.J. Donovan announced that Sanel Masic of Winooski, Vermont, was yesterday found guilty by a jury in Vermont Superior Court, Chittenden County, of one count of luring a child. Judge Maley presided over the trial. Luring a child is a felony with a potential sentence of up to five years in prison or a fine of up to $10,000.00 or both. Mr. Masic solicited an undercover officer online, whom he believed to be 14, to engage in oral sex.
Immediately following the trial, the court ordered that bail in the amount of $100,000 be continued. Mr. Masic is scheduled to be sentenced at a later date.
The charges stemmed from Operation Net Guardian, an investigation conducted in September of 2017 involving the Vermont Attorney General’s Office, the Vermont State Police, Homeland Security Investigations, Chittenden Unit for Special Investigations, Burlington Police Department, Bristol Police Department, UVM Police Department, Orange County Sheriff’s Department and the Vermont’s Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. Vermont’s Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force investigates cases of child sexual exploitation occurring over the internet, including child luring and the production and online sharing of child pornography. This Task Force also provides forensic examination services, technical assistance, law enforcement training, and public education and outreach. The Attorney General’s Office, United States Attorney’s Office, Vermont State Police, and other county and municipal law enforcement and prosecutorial agencies are affiliated with the Task Force.
Last modified: July 1, 2019