JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (CW44 News At 10)– Jacksonville man has pleaded guilty to using the internet to attempt to entice a 12-year-old child to engage in sexual activity on Friday, June 11.
Wayne Dale Epps Jr., 36, of Jacksonvile faces a mandatory minimum penalty of 10 years, and up to life, in federal prison and a potential life term of supervised release.READ MORE: Ukraine To Withdraw From Severodonetsk As Russia's Advance Grinds On
Epps was arrested on February 18, 2020, and remains in custody. His sentencing hearing has not yet been scheduled.READ MORE: The United States Attorney’s Office Issues Warning Of Telephone Scams
According to court documents, on February 14, 2020, an undercover FBI agent who was posing online as the family member of a 12-year-old child was contacted by the user “ksaber2040,” who was identified as Epps. The same undercover agent had previously engaged in online conversation with Epps in October 2019. Over the next several days, Epps and the agent engaged in online conversation in which Epps expressed his desire to meet the 12-year-old “child.” Epps confirmed that he wanted to meet the “child” for sex, stating “[t]his is a first for me I’m nervous but I’ve been wanting to try younger.” Epps provided the agent with graphic details about the sexual acts that he wished to perform on the “child.” He offered to use a “flavored condom” and requested pictures of the “child.”MORE NEWS: Biden Will Sign First Major Federal Gun Safety Legislation In Decades
On February 18, 2020, Epps drove his vehicle to a prearranged location at a shopping center in Jacksonville to meet the “child” for sex and was arrested by FBI agents. During an interview with law enforcement, Epps stated that it was “possible that [he] would have followed through” and engaged in sex with the 12-year-old child, and further that he “should have never made that decision.”