U.S. District Judge George L. Russell III sentenced a Harford County man Wednesday to 10 years in prison for utilizing a computer to coerce a young girl to engage in sex.
Thirty-four-year-old William Ray Wagner utilized Facebook to communicate with a 14-year-old girl in the fall of 2014. Wagner did not realize the girl was actually an undercover Harford County detective, according to his plea agreement.
Wagner tried to meet with the girl, so they could engage in sex. A meeting was arranged to take place on October 13 at a Bel Air restaurant. The plan was to meet at the restaurant and walk to a nearby trail to engage in sex. Instead of meeting with the girl, Wagner met with detectives, who apprehended him as soon as he arrived. Wagner had two condoms and a blanket in his possession at the time of his arrest, according to the plea agreement.
In 2009, Wagner was convicted of having unlawful contact with a child. As part of his sentence, he was required to register as a sex offender in Maryland. Harford County police arrested him in April 2014, for failure to register as a sex offender, according to his plea agreement.