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By BOB WHITE
LOUISVILLE — A 24-year-old Vine Grove man faces 10 years imprisonment after pleading guilty to luring what he thought was a 14-year-old girl into sexual activity via the Internet last summer, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.
Nathan A. Hughes pleaded guilty Wednesday in U.S. District Court to the charge of using the Internet to attempt to persuade, induce or entice a teenager to engage in unlawful sexual activity.
While admitting Wednesday to online discussions aimed at meeting a girl for sex, Hughes had, in fact, been communicating with an undercover Crimes Against Children Unit detective posing as a teen using Yahoo! Instant Messenger for social networking.
A news release states that on July 24, 2008, police spotted Hughes at the Louisville park where he’d arranged a meeting with a teen in the same car he’d described to the contact – a black Pontiac Grand Am bearing a Superman sticker on the back.
Hughes was arrested and, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, admitted to online communications with someone he thought was a teen and with whom he’d been arranging a sexual meeting.
As a result of his guilty plea, Hughes faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years. Maximum penalties could include life imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, and supervised release for a period of five years to life.
Hughes is scheduled to appear June 1 before U.S. District Judge Joseph McKinley for sentencing.
This case was brought against Hughes as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide effort to protect children from online exploitation and abuse.
Bob White can be reached at (270) 505-1750.