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Gig Harbor man sentenced for sending obscene photos of himself to undercover officer posing as 14-year-old

Post by Alexis Krell / The News Tribune on June 12, 2013 at 4:23 pm |
June 12, 2013 4:23 pm

A Gig Harbor man was sentenced in federal court to 24 months in prison Wednesday, after he pleaded guilty to trying to send obscene materials to a minor when the 14-year-old girl he thought he was messaging online turned out to be an undercover officer.

Michael Honan, 59, pleaded not guilty Nov. 27, and was sentenced Wednesday by Judge Richard T. Haik in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Louisiana.

Honan will also need to complete three years of supervised release and pay a $4,000 fine.

He unknowingly communicated with the officer from August to September 2011, during which time he sent obscene webcam photos of himself and directed the fictitious 14-year-old to pornographic websites, according to the U.S. District Attorney’s Office. He traveled from Washington to Houma, La. for work, where he was arrested in a hotel while chatting online with the officer Sept. 16, 2011.

Homeland Security Investigations and police from Lafayette and Houma, La. investigated the case.

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