A 31-year-old Navy lieutenant stationed in Mayport, Florida, who solicited an undercover officer posing as a parent to have sex with a 12-year-old girl has pleaded guilty, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.
Michael Douglas McNeil, formerly assigned to the guided-missile destroyer USS Lassen (DDG 82), faces 10 years to life in federal prison on the charge of using the internet to attempt to entice a child to engage in sexual activity, the U.S. Attorney's Office said. He has been detained since his Aug. 30 arrest.
According to court documents, a Clay County Sheriff's Office detective posing online as a family member of a child described as handicapped received an Aug. 27 message on social media from McNeil. Identifying himself as "Mark," he said he was interested in having sex with the "child."
The two soon discussed plans for McNeil to meet for sex, the U.S. Attorney's Office said. McNeil asked for several photos, then sent an explicit photo of himself. McNeil drove to a coffee shop in Orange Park on Aug. 30 to meet the "child" and was arrested.
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