BY BRETT HAMBRIGHT, Staff Writer
A New Holland man admitted Monday that, while in an online chatroom last year, he solicited what he thought was a 14-year-old girl for sex.
In reality, Jeffrey Lee Mentzer was sending lewd photos and videos of himself and suggesting sex while communicating with an agent of the attorney general's office, according to testimony.
Mentzer, 47, pleaded guilty to a pair of felonies Monday and asked a local judge that he be ordered to state prison at sentencing.
"I would like to be sentenced to go upstate, so I can further my education and come out better," Mentzer told Lancaster County Judge Dennis Reinaker.
The judge will order sentence after a background check and psychological assessment are completed.
Deputy Attorney General Daniel Dye told Mentzer that he will be required to register his whereabouts with state police for at least 25 years -- and possibly the rest of his life.
Mentzer, formerly of East Franklin Street, was charged by and is being prosecuted by the AG's Child Predator Unit.
"This is an ongoing priority for the attorney general's office," Dye said after the hearing. "Individuals online soliciting children -- or, in this case, an undercover agent -- are being pursued vigorously."
Mentzer was nabbed in June 2012 and charged with unlawful contact with a minor for online exchanges in February 2012.
During the initial online chat, investigators said, Mentzer asked the "girl" to send a nude photo of herself, saying, "When I was with AOL I had a lot of girls your age send me nude (photos)."
Mentzer sent a digital photograph of himself and later transmitted a webcam video that showed him engaging in a sex act in front of his computer, investigators reported.
Mentzer later sent a second explicit video, repeated his request for nude photos of the "girl" and discussed meeting her for sex.
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