ROCHESTER, N.Y.- U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced today that William C. Read, 33, of Bath, NY, pleaded guilty before Chief U.S. District Judge Frank P. Geraci to the online enticement of a minor. The charge carries a minimum penalty of 10 years in prison, a maximum of life, a lifetime period of supervised release, and a $250,000 fine.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Kyle P. Rossi, who is handling the case, stated that Read utilized a social media application in an attempt to meet a nine-year-old child for sex. The defendant was intercepted by members of the New York State Police and Department of Homeland Security on October 1, 2018 while on his way to meet the child. Upon his arrest, Read was found to be in possession of condoms and candy, which he intended to give to the child. The defendant also distributed and possessed images of child pornography from a cell phone in his possession.
The plea is the result of an investigation by the New York State Police, under the direction of Major Eric Laughton, and Homeland Security Investigations, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge Kevin Kelly.
Sentencing is scheduled for September 20, 2019, before Judge Geraci.