TROY, N.Y. – A 42-year-old Troy man has pleaded guilty to one count of Attempted Online Enticement of a Minor.
The Chief United States Court Judge Gary Sharpe in Albany heard Michael Heppelle's guilty plea on Thursday.
Heppelle admitted to calling a person and offering to pay them $500 if they could arrange for Heppelle to have a sexual encounter with a 12-year-old girl.
The person Heppelle called then contacted authorities. That is when a sting was set up against Heppelle.
Heppelle was told that if he was serious about engaging in sexual acts with a minor he could meet her at a pre-determined location in Rensselaer County on October 3, 2012.
Heppelle arrived to the pre-determined location at the pre-determined time and was arrested by alw enforcement officials.
Police say he was found in possession of $500, a cell phone, two condoms, and lubricant typically used for sexual intercourse.
The person Heppelle originally contacted was a cooperating witness in this case.
Heppelle faces a mandatory minimum sentence of at least ten years in State Prison and could be sentenced to the maximum, life in State Prison.
He is currently being detained before his sentencing.
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