Police discovered condoms, alcohol and soda on him, which he would use for the encounter.
Dilbagh Singh, a 57-year-old Canadian Indian, received a jail sentence for attempting to have underage sex. He had travelled from Canada to Arizona, US to meet and have sex with someone he believed was a 15-year-old girl.
The sentencing took place in Arizona on 4th December 2017. He pleaded guilty to charges of international travel to engage in an illicit sexual encounter with a minor.
The 57-year-old has been jailed for a total of 46 months (3 years and 10 months).
During his trial, the court heard how Dilbagh began an online relationship with an individual. Meeting over chatrooms in January, he believed this person to be a 15-year-old girl.
However, agents had posed as the child as part of Project Safe Childhood.
The relationship spanned four months. Throughout this time, the man would explain to the girl how he wanted to engage in multiple sex acts with her. In May, he decided to meet the youngster for underage sex.
He flew from Toronto all the way to Flagstaff in Arizona. Upon his arrival in Phoenix, Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) agents identified him on 2nd May.
Dilbagh later checked into a hotel in Flagstaff. However, police arrested the 57-year-old when he reached the location he planned to meet the 15-year-old. They discovered condoms, alcohol and soda on him, which he would use for the encounter.
Joint investigators of HSI, the FBI, local police departments and METRO Narcotics Task Force then brought him into custody.
Scott Brown, a special agent of HSI Phoenix, said in May:
“Foreigner nationals who travel to the United States seeking to engage in illicit activity with minors are on notice; our laws will ensure they pay a high price for their unconscionable actions.
“HSI will continue to pursue child predators and hold them accountable for their crimes.”
Project Safe Childhood works as a US nationwide programme, tackling child sexual abuse, exploitation and child pornography. Launched back in May 2006 by the Department of Justice, it looks into combatting online predators.
Now after his crime, Dilbagh Singh will begin his 46-month jail sentence.