BEAUMONT, TX (KTRE) - A 40-year-old Houston man has pleaded guilty to a federal charge of coercion and enticement for posing as a younger man and trying to set up a sexual encounter with a Livingston girl under the age of 14 in May of 2016.
Quoc Kien Lam, who was a registered sex offender when he committed the crime, pleaded guilty to the federal charge on Thursday. Lam will be sentenced in federal court after a pre-sentencing investigation.
Livingston police arrested Lam in May of 2016 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 sought the forfeiture of a laptop computer, three cell phones and an iPad owned by Lam.