BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – Over 17 months after the arrest of 41-year-old Robert James Lowry, the Baton Rouge man was sentenced to over 14 years in federal prison.

At the time of his arrest, Lowry was charged with one count of Indecent Behavior with a Juvenile and one count of Attempted Felony Carnal Knowledge of a Juvenile.

The initial investigation began on June 21, 2021, when Lowry began speaking with someone who he believed to be an underage girl.

In reality, Lowry was speaking with an “FBI undercover agent (UC) who was posing as a stepdad of a 10-year-old female through a social media application’s direct messenger feature,” according to The U.S. Department of Justice.

The DOJ said the 41-year-old wanted to have sex with the child.

The following day, Lowry spoke again with the undercover agent.

Including that day, Lowry ultimately spent more than a week speaking with the same agent on a different social media application.

“During these communications, Lowry again expressed interest in engaging in sexual activity with the minor and asked the UC to send a picture of her,” according to DOJ.

On the final day of their communication, Lowry thought he was meeting the underage girl.

A meeting did take place in Baton Rouge on June 30, 2021, but it ended with Lowry’s arrest.

During the arrest, he reportedly said that he “wasn’t going to do it.”

Lowry did say later “that he intended to have sex with the minor on the evening of June 30, 2021,” according to the DOJ.

Lowry was convicted of Attempted Coercion and Enticement of a Minor and Possession of Child Pornography.

The sentence for the Baton Rouge man includes 170 months behind bars.

These organizations assisted with the investigation:

  • Federal Bureau of Investigation
  • Department of Homeland Security
  • East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office
  • Louisiana Bureau of Investigation
  • Louisiana State Police
  • Project Safe Childhood

After serving out his sentence, “Lowry will have to serve 8 years of supervised release and register as a sex offender for life,” according to the DOJ.