Washington state man is charged with trying to arrange sex with child

February 29, 2000|By Michael James | Michael James,SUN STAFF

A 35-year-old Alaskan oil pipeline worker was charged yesterday with traveling to Maryland intending to have sex with a 13-year-old boy, who was an undercover FBI agent on the Internet.

Larry Breshears, a welding inspector for the North Slope Alaska oil fields, was arrested at an Annapolis hotel after flying into Baltimore-Washington International Airport to meet "Josh," the undercover name used by the agent, 31-year-old Stacey M. Bradley.

Bradley met Breshears in December in an America Online chat room, where she was posing as a child as part of the FBI's Innocent Images program. Agents act out the roles in an effort to identify potential child molesters online.

Richard Mosquera, the head of the Maryland office of the FBI, where Innocent Images is based, said the distance that Breshears traveled is an indication of how desperate alleged predators are to molest children. Breshears flew in from Port Orchard, Wash., where he lives during breaks from the pipeline business.

"There's no shortage of people who continue to do this even though they have to cross great distances and are well aware of how severe the penalties are," Mosquera said.

A federal affidavit said Breshears met the undercover agent in an AOL chat room called "Barely Legal Men for Older Men." After several conversations, Breshears said he wanted to meet "Josh" and have sex, the affidavit said.

At one point, Breshears told "Josh" that he was coming to Maryland, even though he knew about the legal penalties, said the affidavit, submitted in court by Assistant U.S. Attorney Bonnie S. Greenberg.

"I think that the law says if you cross state lines with intentions of having sex with a minor you can get up to 20 years," Breshears told "Josh," the affidavit said. "But I am coming."

The maximum penalty for crossing state lines to have sex with a minor is 15 years in prison with no chance of parole.

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