SOUTHINGTON - A local sex offender has been arrested after he allegedly engaged in an inappropriate interaction with who he thought was a 14-year-old boy.
Keith Dubin, 31, allegedly requested photos from the user and agreed to meet up with him locally during online interactions, police said. The user who was communicating with Dubin was posing as a 14-year-old boy, according to police.
The investigation appears to have been initiated by a Facebook group called the POP (Prey on Predators) Squad. The group, according to its page, says it works to “get as many predators off the streets as possible.” It has been responsible for at least one other arrest in the area in a similar sting operation.
The group on Friday posted a video to its page that shows someone confronting a man who identifies himself as Dubin. In it, the man admits to agreeing to meet with who he thought was a minor, but said he did not intend to do anything sexual.
Later in the video, the man who identifies himself as Dubin admits he is “somewhat” attracted to children. Throughout the video, the POP Squad member badgers him over his previous convictions.
Dubin is a registered sex offender as a result of two 2006 convictions of second-degree possession of child pornography.
The video ends with what Pop Squad alleges are screenshots of a series of messages exchanged between Dubin and the user posing as a teenager.
Dubin was arrested Monday and charged with criminal attempt to commit risk of injury to a minor and criminal attempt to commit possession of child pornography. He is being held on $100,000 bond and is expected to be arraigned Tuesday in Bristol Superior Court.
Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.