Through his e-mail communications, Michael Shawn Garrett offered to pick up the boy to engage in the sexual encounter.
PANAMA CITY — Michael Shawn Garrett, 45, of Panama City Beach, a colonel in the Florida Air National Guard, was sentenced to 10 years in prison Thursday after being convicted on Oct. 17 of attempted enticement of a minor for sex.
The sentence was announced by Christopher P. Canova, U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Florida.
In May 2017, undercover investigators conducted an operation to identify individuals seeking to engage in sexual activity with minors. Garrett responded to a Craigslist advertisement in which an undercover officer posed as a 14-year-old boy. During 90 minutes of conversation with the undercover officer, Garrett discussed the sex acts he wished to perform with the boy.
Through his e-mail communications, Garrett repeatedly requested the physical address of the boy, offering to pick up the boy to engage in the sexual encounter. Garrett was arrested after arriving at the designated meeting place.
The case was investigated by the Panama City Beach Police Department, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement Homeland Security.