PIKEVILLE, Ky. (WSAZ) -- A man from London, England who was traveling to eastern Kentucky to have sex with a minor has agreed to a plea deal.
Solomon Blue Waters, 42, was in U.S. District Court in Pikevile Wednesday where he pleaded guilty to using the internet to engage in sexual activity with a minor.
Waters is expected to receive a sentence of 135 to 168 months in prison. His sentencing is set for September.
According to the plea agreement, Waters admitted he developed an online relationship with the minor in 2011 and persuaded her to send him sexually explicit images of herself.
Waters also encouraged the victim to communicate with him in
On August 27, 2012, Waters flew from London to Lexington where he was immediately arrested by agents with Homeland Security Investigations and the Kentucky State Police.
Solomon Waters, 41, of London, was arrested Monday and charged with multiple state and federal crimes.
Kentucky State Police say Waters was arrested as a result of an undercover Internet Crimes Against Children investigation involving illegal Internet activity occurring from his home in England.
Troopers say the investigation culminated with Waters traveling to Kentucky where he believed he was meeting a minor female, but instead was met by law enforcement upon arrival.
“There were a lot of things that had to go perfect for this operation to be successful,” said Lt. Shane Bates, commander of the Kentucky State Police Electronic Crime Branch. “We are fortunate that we can reach out anywhere in the world and find partners that are willing to help fight child exploitation. This case serves as yet another reminder that Internet related child sexual exploitation is truly a global concern.”