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LONGVIEW (CBSDFW.COM) – A previously convicted sex offender in Texas was sentenced to more than 30 years in prison for attempted seduction of a child.
Keith Lee Merchant, 41, pleaded guilty to attempting to seduce a child in October. On March 25th, he was sentenced to 365 months in prison.
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According to court records, in 2018 an undercover federal agent responded to an online ad on a social media website entitled “Tabu Family Fun – M4F 37 (Near You)”. Within minutes, Merchant, the creator of the ad, responded to the undercover agent and initiated a three-week sexually explicit dialogue on social media and Kik, a messaging app popular with teenagers.
During the communication, Merchant informed the undercover agent that he had previously had sexual relations with young girls and was ready to have sexual relations with the undercover officer’s 10-year-old daughter. The dealer said he would travel from his Longview home to meet the 10-year-old girl and spend the night with her. He also promised to bring lingerie for the girl and said, “I missed a present … I hope she likes purple.”
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Longview is about 120 miles east of Dallas.
The trader traveled to an apartment complex in Garland where he believed he would meet the mother and her daughter. When he arrived, FBI agents and Garland police took him into custody. Officials later found a travel bag, pink soft toy, box of candy and purple lingerie in his pickup truck.
When questioned by law enforcement agencies, the trader admitted to running the ad online and agreed that the term “taboo” in his screen name means “underage”. The cellphone merchant’s web history, internet searches, and bookmarks show his interest in child sexual exploitation.
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The FBI Dallas Field Office and the Garland Police Department conducted the investigation. U.S. Assistant Attorney Camille Sparks is pursuing the case.