PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — A McKeesport sex offender admitted to pretending to be a teenage girl, engaging in conversation online with a 12-year-old boy and coercing him to engage in illegal sexual activity.

The Department of Justice announced Thursday Scott Joseph Payne, 32, pleaded guilty to charges of coercion and enticement of a minor to engage in illegal sexual activity and possession of child pornography.

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He also accepted responsibility for two additional counts of coercion and enticement of a minor in illegal sexual activity and three counts of production of images depicting the sexual exploitation of a minor.

The release said while Payne was pretending to be a teenage girl on a chat app in 2017, he persuaded the victim to produce and share stull images and videos of the minor engaging in sex acts.

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The release also said Payne engaged in similar communications with a 15-year-old boy in New Jersey and a 16-year-old boy in Louisiana.

Payne had sexually explicit photos and videos of the three minors when law enforcement executed a search warrant on his residence in 2017.

The 32-year-old was on probation for a 2012 conviction involving sexual abuse of children and possession of child pornography. He was required to register as a Megan’s Law sex offender.

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Payne will be sentenced Feb. 20, 2020.