An Australian geneticist has pleaded guilty to travelling to the United States to engage in illicit sexual conduct with a six-year-old boy.
Michael Quinn, who is from Melbourne, was arrested on May 21 by special agents with US Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) when he arrived at a Los Angeles-area hotel to buy a six-year-old boy for sex.
He was travelling with teammates from the Melbourne Chargers who were to play in a rugby tournament in Nashville.
The 33-year-old pleaded guilty before United States District Judge John F Walter.
“Mr Quinn travelled to the United States to have sex with a young child,” US Attorney Eileen M Decker said.
“Fortunately, law enforcement was able to ensure that no child was put in harm’s way and that Mr Quinn would face severe consequences for his conduct.
“He admitted to that in court and there’s really nothing else to say [other] than this is reprehensible conduct to take advantage of young children in such a horrendous way.”
Quinn hoping to meet ‘other pervs’
The investigation began in May 2016 after undercover agents met Quinn on a social networking site that caters to individuals with a sexual interest in children, according to documents filed in the case.
Quinn admitted during Thursday’s hearing that he told undercover agents he was travelling to LA and wanted to “meet up with a dad who shares his young ones”.
Specifically, Quinn told the agents, whom he believed were like-minded people, that he was hoping to meet “other pervs” in the US.