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.READ MORE: Police: 7 People Hospitalized After Two-Vehicle Crash, 1 Child In Critical Condition
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.READ MORE: Indoor Mask Mandate Ends On West Virginia’s 158th Birthday
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.MORE NEWS: Kohl's Plans To Close All Stores On Thanksgiving Day
Payne will be sentenced Feb. 20, 2020.