A Marysville man pleaded guilty to one count of using the internet to coerce a minor to engage in unlawful sexual activity in a federal court Thursday.
Justin S. Mote, 33, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court according to the testimony presented during the plea hearing, Mote met a 12-year-old girl online and went to Connecticut and Pennsylvania to visit her in 2012. Franklin County ICAC investigators received information about the encounters from a Newtown, Connecticut police officer on October 16, 2012 after the girl's father found letters, text messages and gifts from Mote.
Investigators executed a search warrant at Mote's home on October 19, 2012 and found fully nude photographs of the victim on various media devices.
Investigators arrested Mote, who was under indictment on state charges of attempted unlawful sexual contact with a minor and importuning in connection with a separate incident that occurred in August 2011.
The plea agreement provides for a sentence between 240 and 300 months in prison, according to the U.S. District Court.
Mote will be scheduled at a later date.