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Somerville man sentenced for attempting to lure teen online

Posted by Brock Parker  January 27, 2014 12:09 PM

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A Somerville man has been sentenced to two-and-a-half years in jail after he pleaded guilty to charges stemming from his online efforts to lure a teen into engaging in sexual conduct.

District Attorney Marian Ryan’s office announced Monday that Justin Koser, 31, was sentenced on Jan. 22 after he pleaded guilty to two counts of enticement of a child under 16 and attempted rape of a child.

“The defendant lied about his age and identity online and knowingly approached a 15-year-old girl seeking to engage in sexual conduct,” Ryan said in a release about Koser’s case. “Thankfully this victim told her parents and police were able to step in and protect the victim.”

The sentencing comes as Ryan has recently met with students in Arlington and Waltham to discuss cyber safety.

According to Ryan’s office, Koser began communicating online with a girl who identified herself as 15 years old in September of 2012. Koser claimed to be a 17-year-old student from Andover and instead of using his own photo on his instant message profile, he used a photo of what appeared to be that of a teenage boy, according to Ryan’s office.

Soon Koser began sending the girl text messages that included sexual remarks and told her he was older than 17 years old. Reading Police were notified of the messages, and tracked the origin of messages sent by computer to the girl back to Koser’s home in Somerville, according to Ryan’s office.

Koser continued sending messages to the girl and offered to pick her up or meet her in a secluded location and he continued to discuss the sexual nature of his intentions. When Koser attempted to meet the girl in a wooded area after dark on Oct. 6, 2012, he was arrested by Reading Police, who seized the cell phone he had been using to send the text messages, according to the district attorney.

In addition to his sentence to more than two years in a House of Correction, Middlesex Superior Court Judge Kathe Tuttman sentenced Koser to five years of probation, is requiring that he register as a sex offender and ordered that he must have no unsupervised contact with children under 16.

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