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Dracut Man Arrested A Second Time On Child Sex Charges

Mar 25, 2017 12:07PM ● By Bill Gilman

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A Dracut man, already facing charges of trying to arrange to have sex with a child in Newburyport, is now facing Federal charges after being arrested on the similar charges in New Jersey.

Richard Bly, 66, was arrested last week by Federal Authorities at a motel in Ramsey, NJ.

According to law enforcement officials, Bly was at the motel because he thought he would be having sex with an 8-year-old girl. However, the girl's "mother", whom Bly had been communicating with for the past several weeks was actually an undercover agent.

According to the complaint:

"On Feb. 7, 2017, Bly posted an advertisement on an internet website seeking to meet a parent willing to make their child available to him for sexual activity. Over the course of several weeks, Bly had numerous e-mail exchanges with an undercover law enforcement agent posing as the mother of an eight-year-old girl. Bly repeatedly expressed his interest in engaging in sexual activity with the child and made plans to meet the child and her mother at a hotel in Ramsey, New Jersey. Law enforcement officers arrested Bly this morning at the hotel."

According to court documents, Bly emailed that he was interested in "mommy daughter sex," and said he had previously met "many taboo moms" with "girls from 4 to 12," years of age. He also stated in emails that he was  "really looking forward to deflowering" the child, according to the court documents.

Before driving to New Jersey to meet the "mother", Bly allegedly set her a photo of himself and booked the motel room. When he arrived there, federal authorities placed him under arrest.

Bly is charged by with one count of online enticement of a minor to engage in criminal sexual conduct. The online enticement of a minor charge carries a maximum potential penalty of life in prison, a mandatory minimum prison sentence of 10 years, and a $250,000 fine. 

The federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement and Homeland Security Investigations, Newark Division, investigated the case.

At the time of his arrest, Bly was free on bail, after having been arrested in Newburyport in August on similar charges. According to an article published by  the Daily News of Newburyport  Bly was arrested by undercover officers after arranging to meet "a 14-year-old girl" for sex.

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