A New York man was convicted yesterday of attempting to entice a minor into engaging in unlawful sexual activities after traveling to Binghamton, New York.

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According to a press release from the United States Attorney's Office Northern District of New York, 55 year old Charles Wager of Castleton-on-Hudson, New York was convicted of attempting to entice a minor into engaging in unlawful sexual activities following a four day trial.

Wager reportedly exchanged thousands of sexually explicit text messages with people he believed to be a 10-year-old girl and her mother.

In addition to discussing different sexual acts with who he believed to be the 10-year-old and her mother, Wager also sent nude photos of himself. He then made arrangements to meet the 10-year-old girl and her mother. On February 5, 2021, Wager traveled from Castleton-on-Hudson to Binghamton with the intent to engage in sexual activities with the 10-year-old girl.

Upon his arrival at the agreed upon meeting location in Binghamton, Wager was arrested by law enforcement officials.

Wager was already a registered sex offender, pleading guilty in 2002 to rape in the third degree after admitting to having sexual intercourse with a then-15-year-old girl. Following his arrest in Binghamton, he admitted to sexually molesting two other minor victims several decades ago.

Wager now faces a minimum of 20 years in prison and a maximum life sentence, in addition to a fine of up to $250,000 and a term of supervised release of at least five years and up to life when he's sentenced on June 8, 2023.

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