He was serving probation on a child porn and sex abuse conviction when he was arrested.

By: KDKA-TV News Staff

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – A man from McKeesport accused of pretending to be a teen girl online to get sexually explicit photos of boys will spend 18 years behind bars.

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Federal prosecutors say 33-year-old Scott Payne, a former McKeesport resident, was serving probation on a 2012 child porn and sex abuse conviction when he was arrested.

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U.S. Attorney Scott Brady announced Payne’s been sentenced to 18 years in federal prison followed by 20 years of supervised release on his conviction of coercion and enticement of a minor to engage in illegal sexual activity and possession of child pornography.

According to information presented to the court, law enforcement officers executed a search warrant at Payne’s home in 2017 and found sexually explicit images and videos of three underage boys.

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Payne allegedly pretended to be a teenage girl and used the messaging app KIK to get the minors to send the images.