Federal grand jury indicts man accused in Livingston sex crime

LIVINGSTON, TX (KTRE) - A federal grand jury has indicted a Houston man who Livingston police arrested in May after he was accused of posing as a younger man and trying to set up a sexual encounter with a girl under the age of 14.

Quoc Kien Lam, 40, is now charged with federal charges of coercion and enticement and penalties for registered sex offenders.

Livingston police arrested Lam in May after being dispatched out to a home near Liberty Avenue after an underage girl said she had been contacted through social media and propositioned by what she thought was a 23-year-old man.

The unidentified man offered the girl money and a shopping spree in return for sex, police said.

On the next day, detectives with the Livingston Police Department started investigating the incident. They learned that the man had identified himself as Alex. The detectives, with the assistance of the girl and her parents, set up a time and location for the child to be picked up by the man.

The man arrived at the set location and was confronted by the Livingston Police Department. He was later arrested after a chase.

Police then identified him as Lam. Further investigation revealed that Lam had previously been convicted of sexual assault of a child and is a registered sex offender in Harris County.

He faces up to 10 years in prison on the charges.

In the grand jury indictment, federal authorities are seeking forfeiture of a laptop computer, three cell phones and an iPad.

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