SOUTHINGTON - A local sex offender has pleaded guilty to arranging a meeting with who he thought was teenage boy and asking for photos of his genitals.
Keith Dubin, 31, of 146 Delahunty Drive, accepted a plea deal in Bristol Superior Court last week, according to court records. He was sentenced to 18 months in prison, with no probation, after pleading guilty to one felony count of risk of injury to a minor.
In exchange for the plea, a charge of criminal attempt to commit possession of child pornography was not prosecuted.
Dubin had been held on $100,000 bond since his arrest on Aug. 21.
According to the arrest warrant, Dubin contacted a man posing as a 14-year-old boy on a homosexual dating application on July 21. The man is part of a Facebook group called the POP (Prey on Predators) Squad - which works to “get as many predators off the streets as possible,” according to its page. The founder, an adult who goes by “Incognito,” has been responsible for at least four other arrests in the area using a similar sting operation.
During the correspondences with Incognito, Dubin turned the conversation sexual before the POP Squad member asked if he was mad that he will be turning 15 years old soon. Dubin, the warrant said, then blocked Incognito from having any contact with him on the app and didn’t contact him again until Aug. 17.
According to the warrant, during the second correspondence, Dubin apologizes for blocking the POP Squad member and insists he’s not mad that the profile says he is only 14 years old. Dubin then had the user send him photos and, after receiving a few that depict a younger male, he asked for more, including a request that he send some showing his genitals - which were ultimately not exchanged.
The two then exchanged phone numbers and began texting each other between Aug. 17-18, when they eventually agree to meet at a Dunkin Donuts. There, Incognito revealed that he is an adult. He filmed the entire encounter, in which Dubin admits he is attracted to young boys and says he has a problem that he is trying to get help for, the warrant said.
Police said that Dubin implied the encounter between he and who he thought was a teenager would be sexual in nature, based on the conversations the two had had.
The POP Squad member later went to police and gave investigators copies of the correspondences he had with Dubin and a copy of the video of their meeting at Dunkin Donuts.
Before his most recent arrest, Dubin was already required to register with the state as a sex offender. His criminal history includes convictions of possession of child pornography, risk of injury to a minor and violation of probation.
Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.