Man Busted In Internet Sex Sting Sentenced To 4 Years In Jail

CLEVELAND (AP) - A retired psychologist nabbed in a child-sex sting pleaded guilty to attempted rape and was sentenced to four years in prison.

Eugene Hepola, 73, of Findlay, went to SouthPark Center mall in Strongsville in December with a bottle of Viagra and a block of fudge. He admitted that he intended to have sex with a person he thought was a 12-year-old girl with whom he had corresponded for nine months over the Internet and spoken to on the telephone.

He had actually been exchanging e-mails, which included pornographic images and requests for sex, with FBI agent Charlie Sullivan.

Hepola took three guns with him when he went to the mall.

Members of the Northeast Ohio Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force arrested him. He told investigators that he always took guns when he went to the city, Assistant Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Michael Sullivan said.

Hepola also pleaded guilty to importuning, pandering sexually oriented material and possession of criminal tools. Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Judge Daniel Corrigan labeled Hepola a sexual predator.

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