#onlinedating | Lancaster man pleads guilty to federal sex charge | #bumble | #tinder | #pof

Marc Kovac
 
| The Columbus Dispatch

A Lancaster man on the state’s sex offender registry and already on parole for a separate sex crime pleaded guilty in federal court Wednesday after attempting again to arrange sex with a child.

Larry Richard Dickerson, 56, faces 10 years to life in prison on a felony count of attempted coercion and enticement of a minor. He was sentenced in 2002 in South Carolina to 21 months in prison on a child pornography charge and was convicted in Delaware County two years ago for having unlawful sexual contact with a 13-year-old girl, both online and in person.

Earlier this year, Dickerson sent a message through an online dating application to someone he thought was a 15-year-old girl, seeking sex, according to court documents. The purported teen was actually an officer with the Franklin County Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, working undercover to identify adults soliciting sex with minors.

According to court documents, Dickerson sent text messages and made phones calls, pressing for intimate photos — “Do a quick nude and I’ll trust the hell out of you,” he wrote at one point. “Hope you can text while (you’re) in bed.” He also asked about sexual experiences and attempted to set up an in-person meeting.

At one point, Dickerson was spotted driving near the apartment complex where the officer, posing as the teenage girl, said she lived. Investigators also determined that Dickerson had attempted to communicate online with two other minor females in Delaware County, “suggesting that he be a ‘sugar daddy’” to them, according to documents.

Dickerson was arrested in late May, though he initially denied his messages were sexual in nature. According to documents, he “claimed he was only going to meet her to say hello. Dickerson claimed that she was pressuring him to say that he wanted sex but that he would not say it.”

As part of his guilty plea Wednesday, Dickerson also forfeited an Apple iPhone 10x.

mkovac@dispatch.com

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