A Jeannette man who was convicted in 2005 of a sex crime in Greene County pleaded guilty Monday to trying to entice a child from Louisiana to engage in sex, U.S. Attorney Stephanie A. Finley said.
Timothy L. Kelly, 40, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Lafayette, La., to a charge of interstate commerce to attempt to cause a minor to engage in sex.
According to court papers, Kelly used Facebook in January 2013, to communicate with a 13-year-old girl in Lake Charles, La.
The child disclosed her age early in the chats, investigators said. Shortly after the chats began, Kelly began trying to encourage the girl to have sex and sent her pictures, according to court papers. He asked for return photos of the child naked.
Kelly further discussed traveling to Louisiana to have sex with the girl, prosecutors said.
Kelly was charged by Louisiana authorities after they contacted Greensburg police Sgt. Rob Jones, a computer crimes investigator for Westmoreland County, in 2013. At that point, Jones had charged Kelly with disseminating child pornography and other crimes.
Sgt. Chris Romero of Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office in Louisiana told Jones that he was investigating a man who used Facebook to communicate with a 13-year-old girl, authorities said.
The man, whose Facebook account was listed as Timothy Kelly, sent the girl about 1,400 messages using the social media website, and sent nearly 200 text messages, according to court papers.
Authorities determined that the web address used to access Kelly’s Facebook account was the same one used to access a SkyDrive computer storage account found in Jones’ child pornography case.
Kelly was turned over to Louisiana authorities for prosecution, according to court records.
Kelly was receiving Social Security benefits because of “a mental defect or disorder diagnosed when he was a child,” according to a 2014 motion seeking a psychological evaluation.
Kelly, a former West Newton resident, could be sentenced to 10 years to life, according to his federal plea agreement.
A sentencing date has not been set.
In December 2005, Kelly pleaded guilty to an incest charge in Greene County and was sentenced to 15 to 36 months in prison, according to court records.
Bob Stiles is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-836-6622 or [email protected].