An Australian scientist who was arrested when he arrived at a Los Angeles-area hotel, allegedly to “buy” a 6-year-old boy for sex, was sentenced Monday to a dozen years behind bars.
Michael Quinn, 33, of Melbourne, pleaded guilty in July to traveling to the United States for the purpose of engaging in illicit sexual conduct with a minor.
Quinn told an undercover agent he was traveling to Los Angeles and wanted to “meet up with a dad who shares his young ones,” according to an affidavit.
“Mr. Quinn traveled to the United States to have sex with a young child,” said Eileen M. Decker, the U.S. attorney in Los Angeles. “Fortunately, law enforcement was able to ensure that no child was put in harm’s way and that Mr. Quinn would face severe consequences for his conduct.”
Quinn was arrested May 21 by immigration enforcement agents, a few weeks after undercover agents encountered him on a social networking site that caters to individuals with a sexual interest in children.
He informed the agent that he was hoping to meet “other pervs” in the United States and ultimately agreed to pay a human trafficker $250 to provide him with a young boy with whom he could engage in illicit sex, the document states.
On May 21, Quinn went to a Los Angeles-area hotel expecting to meet with three fellow child predators for a party, during which the men would engage in sex with boys provided by the sex trafficker, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
Quinn went to the hotel room not realizing the men inside were actually undercover operatives. A short time later, another undercover agent, posing as the sex trafficker, arrived to collect payment for the children.
After Quinn handed the sex trafficker his money, law enforcement authorities came into the hotel room and took him into custody.
–City News Service