GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — A California man has admitted he came to Michigan to have sex with a girl he met online.
Joseph Arpin, 34, pleaded guilty Tuesday to online enticement of a child, a release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.
During a plea hearing, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Arpin admitted that he met the 12-year-old Hamilton girl online, “assumed a false identity to entice her” and then traveled from California to Allegan County to engage in a sexual relationship with her.
Arpin was arrested Oct. 22, 2013 in Missouri after being found with the girl. He has been behind bars since then.
The Allegan County Sheriff’s Department said at the time Arpin and the girl had been conversing via Skype for weeks. Either late Oct. 21 or early Oct. 22, the girl apparently climbed out of her bedroom window and left with Arpin, authorities said at the time. They found a letter from the girl indicating she wanted to be with Arpin.
Arpin drove with the girl to Missouri with the intention of having sex with her, a February federal indictment against Arpin said.
As part of a plea deal, two lesser charges against Arpin were dismissed Tuesday.
His sentencing is set for Sept. 3. He will spend at least 10 years behind bars, according to the U.S. Attorney, and could be sentenced to life in a federal prison.