Georgia man sentenced for online underage sex attempt


This image from video shows Douglas R. Castleberry following his arrest in Gainesville on Nov. 14, 2012.

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Published: Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at 2:28 p.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at 2:28 p.m.

When deputies arrested Douglas R. Castleberry last year on charges that he had traveled from Georgia to Gainesville to have sex with a child, he told them, “I know I shouldn't have come.”

He also asked them, “How long am I going to jail for this?”

On Monday, the 35-year-old Castleberry got his answer: 19 years and seven months.

Castleberry, of St. Marys, was sentenced in federal court to 235 months in prison for using the Internet to attempt to entice a child to engage in sexual activity.

He was arrested in November 2012 as part of an operation conducted by the Alachua County Sheriff's Child Predator Task Force.

Deputy David Tate has posed as a parent and connected online with Castleberry, who wanted to have sex with the presumed parent's 11-year-old daughter.

Castleberry told him about previous encounters he'd had with underage girls and that he'd bring photographs to teach the girl what to do, ASO spokesman Art Forgey told The Sun.

“It's a pretty extreme and unnerving case,” Forgey said at the time. “He had a substantial amount of photographs on him.”

Castleberry was arrested with a portable gaming system with 357 images on it, including some depicting sexual activity by children, according to a report.

Castleberry told Tate about sexual contact he'd had with a 10-year-old girl, and in another chat room he advised the father of a 6-year-old female how to sexually abuse the child without hurting her.

When deputies searched Castleberry, they found a condom in his clothing and two more in his vehicle.

He was arrested on charges including possession of child pornography and using a two-way device to facilitate a felony, Forgey said.

Castleberry faced a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years imprisonment with a maximum of life imprisonment. U.S. District Judge Mark E. Walker sentenced him to serve 235 months in prison, followed by a term of life on supervised release.

Information from a previous Sun story was used in this report.

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