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PREVIOUSLY CONVICTED ST. MARY’S COUNTY SEX OFFENDER PLEADS GUILTY TO ATTEMPTING TO INDUCE A MINOR TO HAVE SEX
Agrees to be Sentenced to 15 Years in Prison
Greenbelt, Maryland – Nicholas Edward Seskar, Sr., age 41, of Lusby, Maryland, pleaded guilty today to attempting to induce a minor to engage in sex.
The guilty plea was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein; Special Agent in Charge Andre Watson of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI); St. Mary’s County Sheriff Tim Cameron; and St. Mary’s County State’s Attorney Richard Fritz.
In 2006, Seskar admitted to having sex with a 15 year old when he was 30 years old. He pleaded guilty in the Circuit Court for St. Mary’s County to one count of sex offense in the third degree and was sentenced.
According to his plea agreement, from March 23 to April 2, 2015, Seskar communicated on Facebook with an individual named “Tiffany” who he believed was 15 years old. “Tiffany” was in fact an undercover law enforcement officer with the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office. Over time, his Facebook conversations became extremely graphic regarding the sexual acts he wanted to perform on “Tiffany.” Seskar told the undercover police officer that he wanted to meet to have sex, and that he had slept with a 15 year old when he was 30 years old.
On April 2, 2015, Seskar arrived at a pre-arranged meeting place and was arrested by officers with the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office.
As part of his plea agreement, Seskar must register as a sex offender in the place where he resides, where he is an employee, and where he is a student, under the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA).
Seskar and the government have agreed that if the Court accepts the plea agreement, Seskar will be sentenced to 15 years in prison. U.S. District Judge Paul W. Grimm has scheduled sentencing for November 18, 2015 at 2:30 p.m.
This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. Led by the United States Attorneys' Offices and the Criminal Division's Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who sexually exploit children, and to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.justice.gov/psc. For more information about internet safety education, please visit www.justice.gov/psc and click on the "resources" tab on the left of the page.
United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein commended the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office, HSI Baltimore and St. Mary’s County State’s Attorney’s Office for their work in the investigation. Mr. Rosenstein thanked Assistant U.S. Attorney Kristi O’Malley and Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Jennifer Wine of the U.S. Department of Justice, who prosecuted the case.