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Man Pleads Guilty Of Trying To Sexually Involve Minor Female

A soccer coach, on July 3, 2007, admitted guilt in federal court after his arrest in connection with a FOX 12 Cyber Sting case.

Harry Steven Bailey, aged 56 and belonging to Gresham, Oregon pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge James A. Redden to charges that he transmitted the name and address of his trainee, a minor girl over the Internet with the evil intention to involve her in sexual acts.

This case emerged when the Office of Multnomah County Sheriff conducted a Cyber Sting with the help of Portland Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in November last year.

The crime bears a maximum penalty of five years in jail with a minimum of three years of supervision outside jail. The announcement of the sentence will be on September 11, 2007. At present, the defendant is out of safekeeping waiting for the sentence. The prosecutor of the case was Assistant U.S. Attorney Pamala R. Holsinger.

Bailey said he hooked on the Internet to gather information from a person he thought was a 15-year old female. The person was actually a Multnomah County detective.

According to the court documents, Bailey enquired via Internet, personal information including address from the 15-year old teen so that he could persuade the minor female to get sexually involved.

When Bailey arranged to meet the girl, deputies caught him red-handed. He was carrying Viagra when he came to become sexually involved with the minor female. The female was a police office under cover and the meeting place was the area of a "Cyber Sting" operation also under cover. Since Bailey held a trustworthy position, the prosecution was conducted in federal court instead of state court.

The Cyber Sting case was included in the Project Safe Childhood. Last year in February, Attorney General Albero Gonzalez set up Project Safe Childhood, a national effort to protect children from becoming victims of exploitation and abuse via Internet. The United States Attorney's Office leads the initiative to authorize federal, state and local resources to spot suspicious individuals and prosecute them if they attempt to exploit children online, and also to identify and save victims.

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