Mar 19, 2014 11:00 AM by associated press

Lafayette man accused in two states of using internet to meet underage girls

A Lafayette man will stand trial on April 28th on federal sex crime charges. He allegedly used the internet and a cellphone to entice a juvenile in Harrison County, Mississppi into having sex with him.

29-year-old John James Lee was indicted by a federal grand jury in February on one count of child enticement. The Sun Herald reports the indictment alleges the incidents occurred between May 1, 2012, and Oct. 31, 2012, and involved a child under the age of 18.

If convicted, Lee faces up to 10 years in prison. He pleaded not guilty on March 10 in U.S. District Court in Gulfport.

Lee was arrested Jan. 2 on similar charges in Louisiana. Louisiana State Police reported they were assisted by the FBI in an undercover investigation of Lee's activity on social networking sites. They said Lee allegedly was looking for a child under the age of 15 for a sexual encounter.

Lee reportedly asked a child he met online to send him sexually explicit pictures. An investigator, posing as a child, made arrangements to meet Lee in Lafayette, where he was arrested.

His Louisiana charges are computer-aided solicitation of a minor and production of child pornography.



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