WILKES-BARRE — A Glen Lyon man has pleaded guilty after he was accused of trying to solicit sex online from someone he thought was a minor.
James Lee Grodzicki, 31, appeared before Luzerne County Judge David W. Lupas on Friday, where he pleaded guilty to one felony count each of unlawful contact with a minor, criminal attempt to commit statutory sexual assault and criminal use of a communication facility.
Additional charges of attempt to commit involuntary deviate sexual intercourse and an additional count of unlawful contact with a minor were withdrawn by prosecutors.
Grodzicki was arrested June 1 by undercover agents with the state Office of Attorney General when he showed up at an agreed-upon location in Wilkes-Barre Township, expecting to meet with a 14-year-old girl, court records state.
Police say Grodzicki met the “girl” on social media and began attempting to solicit sex. He was told several times he was talking to a 14-year-old, and Grodzicki claimed to be 23.
Grodzicki allegedly suggested sex acts, asking the girl, “So you want to lose that v card today?” He asked to meet up later that night.
State agents apprehended Grodzicki at the agreed-upon located. Investigators say Grodzicki told them he was meeting the 14-year-old for sex because he was lonely at home and wanted excitement.
Judge Lupas set sentencing for Dec. 4. Grodzicki has been out of jail since posting $50,000 shortly after his arrest.
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