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Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Chicago Man Gets 30 Years for Luring Girl into Sex

Mani Batchu
Mani Batchu
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. -- A Chicago man accused of traveling to New England to have sex with a 15-year-old western Massachusetts girl will serve up to 30 years in prison after pleading guilty to several charges.

Mani Batchu, a former psychiatry resident at the University of Illinois Medical Center, was sentenced on Nov. 18 in U.S. District Court in Springfield to charges including transporting a minor to engage in criminal sexual activity.

The Republican of Springfield reports the 32-year-old man met the teenager online in 2009, lied about his name and age, and "groomed" her for sex by buying her gifts.

Batchu apologized during his sentencing, which the sobbing girl attended with her parents. 

U.S. District Judge Michael Ponsor called Batchu "a supreme phony" and dismissed comments by Batchu and his attorney as "a pretentious, frothy, narcissistic performance."

The indictment alleged that on May 1, 2009, BATCHU knowingly transported a minor in interstate commerce with the intent that the minor engage in criminal sexual activity. The indictment also alleges that on three separate occasions—May 1, 2009, May 23, 2009, and August 3, 2009—BATCHU knowingly traveled in interstate commerce for the purpose of engaging in illicit sexual conduct with a minor. It is alleged that between October 1, 2008 and August 3, 2009, BATCHU used a facility of interstate commerce to knowingly entice a minor to engage in criminal sexual activity. The indictment also alleged that two times—first between October 1, 2008 and June 9, 2009 and again on July 18, 2009—BATCHU induced a minor to engage in sexually explicit conduct for the purpose of producing and transmitting a visual depiction of that conduct in interstate commerce. Lastly, the indictment alleged that on August 3, 2009, BATCHU knowingly possessed a computer and computer media that contained visual depictions of minors engaging in sexually explicit conduct.

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