FAIRFIELD (CBS SF) — A Fairfield man arrested in an online sting operation pleaded guilty Wednesday to attempted online coercion of a child, according to Department of Justice officials.
Kevin Blaine Cline, 47, faces a minimum of 10 years in prison after he posted on social media about his “freaky sexual desires” back in November of 2019.READ MORE: 'He's In Good Spirits;' Former OPD Capt. Ersie Joyner Recovering After Shooting; Remains in ICU
“An undercover agent observed Cline’s post on the social media platform Whisper that said he was ‘Looking for dad’s (sic) who love their daughters near me I … Have a question,’” said a statement from the U.S. Attorney’s Office’s Eastern District of California. “The undercover agent, posing as a dad, engaged in a two-day conversation on Whisper with Cline, and Cline sent the agent two images of child pornography. Cline planned a meeting with the ‘dad’ and ‘daughter’ in order to sexually molest her.”
Agents arrested Cline after he drove from Fairfield to Pleasant Hill under the auspices of meeting a 7-year-old girl.READ MORE: Fremont Neighbors Of Movie Director Joel Souza Stunned Over Shooting On Set Of Alec Baldwin Movie
Cline agreed to plea guilty in an agreement that the DOJ says “contains a description of the sexual activity that Cline wanted to engage in with the seven-year-old girl, as well as sexual acts he planned to perform with a 10-year-old girl in Washington state.”
U.S. District Judge Kimberly J. Mueller plans to sentence Cline on Oct. 18, 2021. While he faces a mandatory minimum penalty of 10 years in prison, the maximum statutory penalty is life in prison and a $250,000 fine.MORE NEWS: Pfizer Scientist Testifies Against Holmes in Theranos Trial
This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the DOJ to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse.