A Broome County man is accused of trying to meet with who he thought was a child with the intent of engaging in sexual activity.

Kathy Whyte/ WNBF News

 

Federal prosecutors say 31-year-old Richard O’Hara of Glen Aubrey had an initial appearance in Federal Court in Binghamton last week to face charges that he attempted to coerce and entice a minor to engage in sexual activity. 

Authorities say O’Hara allegedly responded to a public message on a social networking website and ended up communicating with an undercover law enforcement officer he had believed was a parent of a ten-year-old girl.   

O’Hara reportedly promised the girl gifts if she had sex with him. He was arrested when he showed up at a house expecting to follow through on the arranged tryst. 

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If convicted, the Town of Nanticoke man faces a mandatory maximum of ten years in prison and a fine of $250,000.  He would also have to register as a sex offender.