Man convicted of driving to Massachusetts for sex with girl

BOSTON (AP) — A Connecticut man has been convicted of traveling to Massachusetts with the intention of having sex with what he thought was a 15-year-old girl, but was actually a federal agent.

Paul Hinkel, of Chester, Connecticut, was convicted Tuesday in federal court in Boston of using the Internet to lure a minor to engage in sex.

Prosecutors say the 57-year-old Hinkel drove to Watertown last March in response to a Craigslist ad in which a woman sought a man who might be interested in a relationship with her daughter. The ad was actually placed by Homeland Security agents.

Agents say Hinkel brought a bag containing a stuffed animal, sexual paraphernalia and cologne with him.

He faces a minimum of 10 years and up to life in prison at sentencing in May.

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