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GA man arrested for child pornography

Trenton, N.J. (AP) - A Georgia man who allegedly traveled from New York to New Jersey for what he thought would be a sexual encounter with a child has been indicted by a federal grand jury.

Paul Fishman, the U.S. Attorney for New Jersey, says 22-year-old Richard Simone Jr. stands accused of traveling with the intent to engage in illicit sexual conduct and distributing child pornography. He faces up to 50 years in prison if convicted on both counts.

Simone, an Acworth, Ga. resident, was living on Long Island when he allegedly made the trip last September.

Prosecutors say Simone and an undercover special agent chatted online for several weeks about Simone having sex with the agent's fictitious 9-year-old daughter and fictitious minor baby sitter.

Simone's lawyer could not be reached for comment Saturday.

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