Man pleads guilty in predator sex sting |

Man pleads guilty in predator sex sting

William Ferchland

A Carson City man arrested when he traveled across state lines to meet a 13-year-old girl attending South Tahoe Middle School pleaded guilty to his federal charge.

Timothy Craig Randall, 57, pleaded guilty to one count of traveling in interstate commerce for purposes of engaging in illicit sexual conduct with a minor female.

If the plea deal is accepted, Randall will receive five years in prison, faces a life term of federal supervision, life registration as a sex offender, a maximum fine of $250,000 and restitution.

The retired Nevada corrections officer believed he was interacting on the Internet with the teenage girl, who actually was a decoy with Perverted Justice, a nonprofit organization devoted to capturing sexual predators.

Randall enticed the female he met in a Northern Nevada Yahoo! chatroom for sex. Using a computer and telephone he talked with the girl for six months before traveling from Carson City in California to meet the girl in late April. Authorities said Randall, arrested at gunpoint in front of Radio Shack, rented a room at Motel 6 the night before the encounter.

Randall made $50,000 bail a day after his arrest then missed a scheduled June appearance in El Dorado County Superior Court. He was found, and arrested, in South Dakota, and hauled into United States District Court in Sacramento.

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