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Upstate man sentenced to prison for seeking sex with a minor

ALBANY – A Troy man was sentenced to ten years in federal prison for attempted online enticement of a minor.  Heppelle, who had entered a guilty plea on September 19, 2013, was also ordered to serve a 15-year term of supervised release, to have no unsupervised contact with minors, and to register with the New York State Sex Offender Registry Program.

Between September 24, 2012 and October 3, 2012, Heppelle called a cooperating witness and offered to pay $500 if the cooperating witness could arrange for Heppelle to have a sexual encounter with a twelve-year-old girl. The cooperating witness reported his/her concerns to law enforcement, who in turn, told the cooperating witness to tell Heppelle that if he was serious about engaging in sexual acts with the twelve-year-old girl, he could meet the child on October 3, 2012 at a particular time, at a pre-arranged location in Rensselaer County.

Heppelle arrived at the pre-arranged location at the pre-determined time and was arrested.  He was found to be in possession of $500 in U.S. currency, a cellular telephone, two condoms, and a lubricant typically used during sexual intercourse.