… Officials say the man thought he was meeting a boy in Timonium …
By Steve Schuster
A 25-year-old Baltimore man pleaded guilty on Monday of using the Internet to entice a child to engage in sex — and of trying to set up a meeting with the child early this year at a hotel in Timonium.
Jamie Paul Lybrand, 25, of Baltimore, pleaded guilty to the charges, according to U.S. Attorney Rod Rosenstein.
According to Lybrand’s plea agreement, on Feb. 25 and March 10, 2010, an undercover Baltimore County Police detective responded to two CraigsList ads that suggested he was soliciting sex with a minor.
The attorney’s office said Lybrand admitted he placed both ads and that he called and exchanged e-mails with a person he thought was the father of a 12-year-old boy.
In the e-mails, Lybrand discussed meeting with the father and son in order for Lybrand to engage in sex. In addition, he sent images of child pornography to the undercover detective, according to the U.S. attorney’s office.
The office reported that on March 6, Lybrand contacted the undercover detective and arranged a meeting at the Red Roof Inn in Timonium. Lybrand reportedly knocked on the door of the room, and the detective invited him in.
The detective then told Lybrand that the child was in the bathroom, and Lybrand removed his clothing, according to court documents.
Members of the Baltimore County Police Department entered the room and arrested him.
Court documents said that after his arrest, Lybrand told police, “he was happy it was a sting and not real because he was afraid of what he might have done.” Lybrand also admitted to being a crack cocaine addict.
Lybrand faces a minimum mandatory sentence of 10 years in prison and a maximum of life in prison for using the computer to entice a child to engage in sex. He also will be required to register as a sex offender.
U.S. District Court has scheduled sentencing for March 10, at 1 p.m.
Craigslist, a popular Internet site used to place and search listings for employment, apartments and goods, has been under fire for several matters, including accusations in the past that it enabled prostitution. This year, the site made modifications, removing an adults-only section.
Monday’s announcement of the plea was attended by FBI Special Agent Richard McFeely; Special Agent William Winter of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Office of Homeland Security Investigations; Baltimore County State’s Attorney Scott Shellenberger and Chief James Johnson of the Baltimore County Police Department.