Buffalo, N.Y. (WKBW release) -- U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. announced Thursday that Jason Bek, 30, of West Seneca pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara, to coercion and enticement of a minor and receipt of child pornography.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Maura K. O'Donnell, who is handling the case, stated that Bek used the Internet and telephone to attempt to persuade, induce, entice, and coerce a person who he believed to be a 13-year-old child to engage in sexual activity. In actuality, the 13-year-old child was fictional, and the defendant's online conversations were with law enforcement officers posing as various individuals.
Bek was arrested in May 2011, when he arrived at a pre-arranged meeting with the minor for purposes of engaging in sexual activity. Bek was in possession of alcohol and prescription drugs, which he intended to give to the minor. In addition, Bek pleaded guilty to the knowing receipt of child pornography in March 2011. The defendant possessed in excess of 150 images of child pornography on his computer.
The charges carry a maximum penalty of life in prison, a $500,000 or both.