A Brighton man is facing 10 years in prison after admitting in US District Court that he used the Internet to coerce a 14-year-old girl into engaging into sexual relations with him, according to US Attorney Carmen Ortiz’s office.
Zachary M. Stoloff, a California native who was living on North Beacon Street in Brighton at the time of his arrest last year, reached a plea agreement with federal prosecutors that caps his prison time at 10 years, according to court records and prosecutors.
Stoloff appeared in the Boston courthouse Monday and pleaded guilty to coercion and enticement of a minor. US District Judge F. Dennis Saylor IV set sentencing for Oct. 1. Stoloff has been held without bail while awaiting trial, according to court records.
In an affidavit filed in court, US Postal Inspector Scott W. Kelley wrote that the 14-year-old girl and her parents reported the incidents to their local police department, which was not identified in court papers.
Local police contacted federal law enforcement and the girl provided police with access to her text message account and her profile on the website, teenspot.com, Kelley wrote. Along with interviews with the victim, authorities discovered that Stoloff met the victim through the Web, and eventually convinced her to engage in sexual acts with him.
Stoloff, according to authorities, drove 45 minutes from his home in Brighton, where he picked the girl up while her parents were sleeping, and then returned to his Boston apartment on at least one occasion.
Stoloff had arranged to meet the girl again, but his electronic conversations with the victim were being monitored by law enforcement and he was arrested on Aug. 25 when he showed up in his car at the meeting site he had picked, records show.
After his arrest, authorities searched his computers and cellphones and discovered potential child pornography. They also found that he had named his home Wi-Fi network “FORKIDDIEPORN.’’
Stoloff is listed in court records as a freelance computer Web designer.