A Louisville man has been indicted by a federal grand jury on June 21, 2023, on charges of transporting minors across state lines with the intention of engaging in criminal sexual activity, Your Content has learned.
The indictment and a previously filed criminal complaint reveal that on the late hours of May 7, 2023, through May 8, 2023, Brian Anthony Sauer, aged 44, transported three minor girls who had run away from a residential care facility in Louisville, Kentucky, to Clarksville, Indiana, where he engaged in sexual activity with them.
Eventually, Sauer drove all three girls to a trailer park in the southwest area of Jefferson County, Kentucky, and left them there on May 10, 2023.
Sauer has already appeared before a U.S. Magistrate Judge in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Kentucky, where he was ordered to be detained pending trial.
His arraignment is scheduled for June 23, 2023.
If convicted, Sauer could face a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years in prison, as well as a maximum potential penalty of life imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, and at least five years of supervised release.
The final sentence will be determined by a federal district court judge , who will consider the applicable sentencing guidelines and other statutory factors.
It is important to note that parole is not available in the federal system.
The Crimes Against Children Unit of the Louisville Metro Police Department is conducting the investigation into this case, while Assistant U.S. Attorney Jo E. Lawless is responsible for prosecuting it.
This indictment is part of Project Safe Childhood, an initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat child sexual exploitation and abuse.
Project Safe Childhood brings together federal, state, and local resources to locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals involved in child exploitation and to rescue victims, according to the United States Attorney’s Office.
For more information about Project Safe Childhood and internet safety education, please visit www.usdoj.gov/psc and click on the “resources” tab.