WV man pleads guilty after being caught by online predator sting
A 60-year-old Lincoln County, W.Va., man pleaded guilty Monday in federal court to charges of trying to engage in sexual conduct with a person who he believed was a 15-year-old girl, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney's Office. Otis C. Adkins of Branchland, W.Va., appeared before U.S. District Judge Robert C. Chambers. Adkins pleaded guilty to traveling in interstate commerce with intent to engage in illicit sexual conduct with a minor. The investigation revealed that on June 28, 2011, Adkins began chatting over the Internet with an individual who identified herself as a 15-year-old girl. Unbeknownst to Adkins, the minor was an officer with the Ashland Police Department. Adkins admitted that from June 28, 2011, to July 13, 2011, he engaged in sexually explicit dialogue with the minor over the Internet and made clear his interest to engage in sexual activity with her. Adkins faces up to 30 years in prison and a $250,000 fine when he is sentenced on March 5, 2012.