Perhaps you recall the story of Timothy McDarrah, the US Weekly reporter who liked to meet young girls over the Internet until one of them turned out to be a federal agent. He was convicted back in December of "using the Internet to attempt to entice a minor to engage in sexual activity," and now he's been sentenced to six years in the pokey. The U.S. District Attorney's Office took the occasion to remind us, again, about just what a perv McDarrah is in its press release.
McDARRAH initially responded to an undercover advertisement the FBI had posted on June 22, 2005, in the "erotic services" section of the Internet website "Craigslist," offering the "freshest, youngest girls" available in New York City. Following an exchange of emails prompted by that advertisement, McDARRAH asked, "what it'll cost for the cutest white 14 year old girl with a pony tail in the whole 8th grade." McDARRAH specified in graphic terms the sexual activities he desired, agreed to pay $200 for oral sex with a thirteen-year-old girl, and made plans to meet the girl on July 7, 2005. However, he did not appear at that meeting.
Thereafter, McDARRAH, using the Internet screen name PS41alum@aol.com, communicated over the Internet with "Julie," whom McDARRAH believed to be a thirteen-year-old girl, but who was actually an undercover FBI agent posing as a young girl. From July 21, 2005 through September 14, 2005, McDARRAH, then 43 years old, communicated with "Julie" via instant messages, e-mails, and two telephone conversations. Among other things, McDARRAH wrote that he would tutor her to get into high school, and provide her with "sex lessons."