Michael Quinn, 33, faces up to 13 years in prison after undercover police caught him in sting operation
A Melbourne man visiting the US has entered a guilty plea after he was charged with travelling there to sexually assault a six-year-old boy.
Michael Quinn agreed to a plea deal in the US district court in Los Angeles on Wednesday that will sentence him to 10 to 13 years in a US prison.
Quinn who was in the US on a vacation and to play in a rugby tournament with his Melbourne Chargers rugby team, was caught in a sting where he paid an undercover agent posing as a pimp $US260 ($A347) to have sex with a six-year-old.
The 33-year-old pleaded guilty.
Quinn, a Monash University-educated geneticist at a Melbourne IVF clinic, was captured by an undercover sting at a beachside Los Angeles hotel on 21 May.
Quinn went to the hotel room expecting to meet other pedophiles and a pimp, and for $US250 ($A334), sexually assault a six-year-old boy.
Instead, the paedophiles and pimp were undercover agents from the US Immigration and Customs Enforcements Homeland Security Investigations unit. In a plea deal with prosecutors, Quinn will spend the next 10 to 13 years locked up in prison.
Mr Quinn travelled to the United States to have sex with a young child, US Attorney Eileen Decker said. Fortunately, law enforcement was able to ensure that no child was put in harms way and that Mr Quinn would face severe consequences for his conduct.
Quinn found his way on to US law enforcements radar weeks before he flew to Los Angeles with his Chargers teammates, who authorities say had no idea about Quinns plans.
An undercover agent was perusing a social networking site catering to online groups who expressed their sexual interest in children when he found a post from Quinn, who went by Mick on the site. Quinn stated on the site he was travelling from Australia to Los Angeles. The agent started a conversation with Quinn and the Australian told how he was looking for sex with children and while he liked both boys and girls, his favourite were boys, aged 5-10.
Would love to share one with you mate, Quinn allegedly told the agent.
The agent set up a sting.
Two days after Quinn landed in Los Angeles and after he settled in with some team-mates at a Hollywood Hills home they had rented, Quinn snuck away. He caught an Uber to the hotel where the undercover agent had promised a child sex party with like-minded men. When Quinn arrived, the hotel room was prepped for the party, with the Cartoon Network on the TV and Toy Story-themed cupcakes to eat.
Quinn brought a camera and a monopod to record the day. After about 10 minutes in the room and a beer, an agent posing as a pimp turned up and announced: Money time.
Quinn, clearly remembering the previous discussions where he had been told the price would be $US250 to sodomise the boy for approximately an hour, he pulled out his money and gave the pimp $US260, ICE special agent Aaron McClellan wrote in the criminal complaint.
After Quinn paid the pimp, law enforcement came into the room and arrested everyone.
Quinn was originally charged with attempted sex trafficking of a minor, which carries a minimum sentence of 15 years and a maximum of life without parole, but that was dropped in the plea deal. The charge he pleaded guilty to travelling to the US for the purpose of engaging in illicit sexual conduct with a minor carries a maximum penalty of 30 years in prison.
Quinn will be sentenced in Los Angeles on 3 October. A judge will have to agree to the 10- to 13-year jail sentence negotiated by Quinns lawyer and prosecutors.
While in the US, Quinn and his Chargers teammates had planned to play in the Bingham Cup in Nashville, Tennessee, a tournament honouring September 11 hero and pioneer of gay rugby clubs, Mark Bingham.