A Worcester man was sentenced to six years in prison and five years of supervised release today in federal court in Worcester for attempting to solicit an undercover federal agent posing as a minor to engage in illicit sexual conduct.

Timothy Biddy, 38, pleaded guilty to one count of attempted interstate travel to engage in illicit sexual conduct and attempted transfer of obscene images to a minor.

From Oct. 2016 to Nov. 2016, the undercover federal agent posing as a 13-year-old girl began chatting with Biddy through an online text messaging service.

During the text message exchange, Biddy attempted to meet the “minor” to engage in illicit sexual conduct in Sioux Falls, S.D., and graphically described sexual acts he wished to perform with her.

Biddy also sent her a video of himself masturbating. Biddy was arrested in November 2016.

Acting United States Attorney William D. Weinreb and Mathew J. Etre, Special Agent in Charge of Homeland Security Investigations in Boston, made the announcement today. Assistant U.S. Attorney Mark J. Grady of Weinreb’s Worcester Branch Office prosecuted the case – which was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative designed to protect children from exploitation and abuse.

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