Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Dustin McPhetridge - Busted internet predator

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. — Dustin McPhetridge, 27, 149 Hurd Road, Surgoinsville, Tenn., was sentenced to five years in prison Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Bowling Green for traveling in interstate commerce with the intent to engage in sex with a minor.

McPhetridge was arrested as part of the televised “To Catch a Predator” sting in Bowling Green earlier this year. He pleaded guilty to the charge July 23.

McPhetridge was also sentenced to supervised release for life. McPhetridge admitted he engaged in online communications with a person he thought was a 13-year-old girl in Kentucky. The girl was actually an adult decoy who worked with Perverted Justice, which targets online sexual predators.

On Oct. 20, 2007, McPhetridge drove from Surgoinsville to Bowling Green. A search of McPhetridge’s vehicle after his arrest revealed a cell phone, KY Jelly, an electric razor, a Kodak Easy Share digital camera, scan disk memory card and directions to the house.

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