By Caleb Whitmer
A former Justice Department attorney was sentenced June 21 in U.S. District Court in Nashville for attempting to entice a minor into sexual activity.
Karl Gellert will serve 10 years in prison followed by 20 years of supervised release. Upon release from prison, he will be required to register as a sex offender and go through sex offender treatment.
Beginning in April of 2012, Gellert corresponded online with an undercover agent he thought to be an 11-year-old girl. The correspondence lasted two months.
According to the U.S. Attorney’s office in Nashville, their communication involved chess, his family, school, relationships, and sex. Gellert sent the undercover agent instructions on how to perform sexual acts and photos of himself performing sexual acts, as well as other explicit content.
He eventually propositioned the girl, and began corresponding with someone he believed to be the girl’s mother but actually was the same agent. He sent the agent instructions on how to prepare the girl for his sexual abuse of her.
Gellert worked as an attorney for the Department of Justice in Washington, D.C., through 2009.
“The U.S. Attorney’s office is committed to protecting our children who are powerless from protecting themselves from sexual predators,” said U.S. Attorney David Rivera in a press release. “No one is above the law and no one gets a pass.”