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Man pleads guilty in online sex case

April 05, 2007|By ERIN JULIUS

HAGERSTOWN

A Washington County man pleaded guilty Thursday in Washington County Circuit Court to soliciting a law enforcement officer who was posing as a minor.

In entering the plea, Kevin Lee Boyer, 29, of 11207 Marbern Road in Halfway admitted that he had ongoing contact online with a person he believed to be a 13- or 14-year-old girl, Assistant State's Attorney John Dunlap said.

The messages Boyer sent went to Sgt. Chris Howard of the Hagerstown Police Department.

Boyer's exchange with Howard began Sept. 12, 2006, through Yahoo! Messenger, where Boyer used the identity kevin_boyer1, according to court documents. Their conversation turned sexual in nature about 20 minutes into that first exchange when Boyer asked if Howard liked to watch pornography, the documents state.

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Boyer contacted Howard through the messaging service again on Sept. 13, 2006, according to documents.

During that conversation, Boyer said he had a Polaroid camera and wanted to take Howard's picture, Dunlap said in court.

On Sept. 14, 2006, Howard and Boyer had two virtual conversations, according to court documents. During the first conversation, Boyer, believing he was talking to a 14-year-old girl, asked several questions about her sexual experiences and underwear, according to court documents.

In some of the messages, Boyer wrote about his large collection of pornographic movies and said he might want the girl to wear "very little clothes," Dunlap said.

Boyer also talked about the girl's underwear and, during one of the online conversations, asked if she was naked, Dunlap said.

On Oct. 3, 2006, Boyer asked Howard to meet him in person, according to documents.

Howard's last conversation with Boyer was Oct. 6, 2006, when Boyer set up a meeting with what he believed was a 14-year-old girl, the documents state.

Boyer was arrested Oct. 7, 2006, near a vacant apartment where he had arranged to meet with the person he met online. Police found three pornographic DVDs in Boyer's car, the charging document states.

After he was arrested, Boyer admitted to police that he went to the apartment building to have sex with a girl he believed was 13 or 14 years old; he also wrote an apology letter to the girl's mother, not realizing the girl was fictional, according to court documents.

Boyer's lawyer, John Salvatore, asked Washington County Circuit Judge M. Kenneth Long for a presentence investigation, a report providing background information about his client.

Boyer has physical difficulties and brain damage related to his physical condition, and his judgment might have been impaired, Salvatore said.

Long ordered the presentence investigation and allowed Boyer to remain free on personal recognizance.

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