A Melbourne man visiting the US has entered a guilty plea after he was charged with travelling there to sexually assault a six-year-old boy.
Michael Quinn agreed to a plea deal in the US district court in Los Angeles on Wednesday that will sentence him to 10 to 13 years in a US prison.
I had earlier thought about entrapment. But, well, you know:
An undercover agent was perusing a social networking site catering to online groups who “expressed their sexual interest in children” when he found a post from Quinn, who went by “Mick” on the site. Quinn stated on the site he was travelling from Australia to Los Angeles. The agent started a conversation with Quinn and the Australian told how he was “looking for sex with children” and while “he liked both boys and girls, his favourite were boys, aged 5-10”.
“Would love to share one with you mate,” Quinn allegedly told the agent.
The agent set up a sting.
Two days after Quinn landed in Los Angeles and after he settled in with some team-mates at a Hollywood Hills home they had rented, Quinn snuck away. He caught an Uber to the hotel where the undercover agent had promised a child sex party with “like-minded men”. When Quinn arrived, the hotel room was prepped for the “party”, with the Cartoon Network on the TV and Toy Story-themed cupcakes to eat.
Quinn brought a camera and a monopod to record the day. After about 10 minutes in the room and a beer, an agent posing as a pimp turned up and announced: “Money time.”
“Quinn, clearly remembering the previous discussions where he had been told the price would be $US250 to sodomise the boy for approximately an hour, he pulled out his money and gave the pimp $US260,” ICE special agent Aaron McClellan wrote in the criminal complaint.
“After Quinn paid the pimp, law enforcement came into the room and arrested everyone.”
Quinn was originally charged with attempted sex trafficking of a minor, which carries a minimum sentence of 15 years and a maximum of life without parole, but that was dropped in the plea deal. The charge he pleaded guilty to – travelling to the US for the purpose of engaging in illicit sexual conduct with a minor – carries a maximum penalty of 30 years in prison.
I think I change my mind on that. You?