A man in Pennsylvania was sentenced to prison after incidents that apparently began online. It seems he used personal devices to commit an internet sex crime when he communicated with someone he thought was a 39-year-old mother of two young girls. He will now serve anywhere from two and a half to five years in prison for his participation in the events that unfolded.
The man is said to have started communicating with a person he believed to be a woman who had two daughters, ages nine and 13. He reportedly expressed a repeated desire to have sexual contact with them. At some point, plans were made for the man to meet the supposed mother and children in person.
When the man showed up to meet the person he thought was going to allow him to have sexual relations with her daughters, he was actually approached by police officers instead. The person with whom he had exchanged messages was, in fact, an undercover agent. The man was placed under arrest at the scene.
He was recently sentenced and ordered to forfeit his electronic devices to authorities. Sanctions imposed through Megan's Law will become effective against the man as soon as he is released from prison. The law was enacted in 1994 after a 7-year-old girl was killed by her neighbor in New Jersey.
The man in this particular situation pleaded guilty in Pennsylvania to the internet sex crime for which he stood accused. There are many reasons a criminal lawyer might advise a client to enter a similar plea under certain circumstances. One is always advised to seek competent legal instruction before choosing to enter any sort of plea since a defense attorney would be able to determine what action would serve a client's best interests.
Source: republicanherald.com, "Pottsville man sent to prison for sex crimes", Peter E. Bortner, July 9, 2016