A Cicero man admits he tried to persuade a young girl to have sexual contact with him.
30-year-old Brian Cole pleaded guilty Thursday in federal court to attempting to persuade a child he thought was 11-years-old to engage in unlawful sexual contact with him.
Cole admitted he contacted the girl online in 2010. When the child's parents reported the sexually inappropriate chats to police, they took over the girl's account and continued to correspond with him.
Cole says it was clear to him that the child was 11-years-old, and that he discussed engaging in sexually explicit conduct with the child. He also admits to arranging to meet the girl at a North Syracuse apartment on December 23, 2010, the day he thought was her 12th birthday, with the intent to engage in sexual conduct with her.
When Cole arrived at the apartment, he was arrested by State Police. He has been in federal custody since his arrest.
Cole is scheduled to be sentenced on August 23 in Utica. He faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years behind bars, with a maximum sentence of life imprisonment. Any sentence of imprisonment must be followed by a term of supervised release of no less than 5 years, and up to life. He will also be required to register as a sex offender, and may be fined up to $250,000.