Upstate New York man admitted to pretend to be a girl to trick 13 year old boy to send Sexual Photos!

ALBANY, N.Y. — An Upstate New York man has admitted to pretending to be a teenage girl to trick a 13-year-old boy into sending sexually explicit photographs.

James Mattison, 46, of Fort Edward in Washington County pleaded guilty Thursday to sexual exploitation of a child following an October 2016 exchange in which he pretended to be a teen named Megan Mattison. He got the boy to send the photos by threatening to commit suicide if the boy refused, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office of Northern District of New York.

As part of his plea, Mattison said he exchanged over 7,100 text messages with the boy, whom he met online using the Live.me phone application.

He has been in custody since his arrest in September 2017 and is scheduled to be sentenced on Sept. 10.

Mattison faces at least 15 years and up to 30 years in prison, at least five years and up to lifetime post-imprisonment supervised release and a maximum $250,000 fine, officials said. He also will have to register as a sex offender upon release.

The case was investigated by the FBI, with assistance from the New York State Police and Washington County Probation Department. It is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Joseph Giovannetti.

The case is part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative designed to protect children from online exploitation and abuse, led by the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

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Molester who claimed 5-year-old girl ‘begged’ for sex act can’t beat his prison term!

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A Pennsylvania man who claimed a 5-year-old girl begged him for a sex act has failed to convince a state appeals court his prison term is too long.

Instead, the Superior Court panel found the 15- to 30-year jail sentence fits Brigham Lawless’ crime just fine.

Lawless, 47, of Cresco, didn’t challenge his convictions for sexually assaulting the child while making another 5-year-old watch in December 2015. He pleaded guilty to involuntary deviate sexual intercourse with a child.

Lawless only contested the severity of the punishment imposed by Monroe County President Judge Margherita Patti Worthington.

The state court disposed of Lawless’ appeal in an opinion by Judge Jack A. Panella.

Panella called Lawless’ appeal contradictory and confused. He noted the penalty Worthington chose is right in the standard sentencing range for such child-sex crimes.

To overturn his sentence, Lawless would have to prove it was unreasonable, Panella noted.

“That is simply not the case here,” he wrote. “Lawless had (the girl) perform oral sex on him while (the other child) watched. And he claimed she ‘begged’ him to do that.”

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