A repeat sex offender who attempted to start a sexual relationship with a 14-year-old Pierce County boy and sent the boy sexually explicit materials has been sentenced to 14 years in prison.
Patrick Allen Smith, 46, pleaded guilty in May to attempted enticement of a minor and possession of child pornography.
On Thursday, U.S. District Judge Thomas Zilly sentenced Smith to 14 years in prison and lifetime supervised release, saying “these charges are very troubling to the court.”
Pierce County sheriff’s detectives began investigating Smith in spring 2015 after the boy’s parents learned of Smith’s messages to their son.
Investigators said Smith sent sexually explicit materials to the boy and arranged to meet him. They chatted via social media and text message.
The boy’s parents found out about the interaction before Smith met the boy in person.
At the same time, Seattle police were looking at Smith after a child pornography complaint.
He was arrested in October for failing to register as a sex offender, and more than 600 child porn images were found on his electronic devices.
Smith was convicted of child molestation in 1989 after assaulting a child in a YMCA locker room, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
He was convicted in 1994 for breaking into a home to try to molest a young child. He has four previous convictions for failing to register as a sex offender.
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