HARRISBURG — Attorney General Michelle Henry announced that a convicted child sex offender from Philadelphia, who previously served 40 years in prison, was sentenced Friday to 25 to 50 more years in prison for a recent attempted sexual assault of a child, who was actually an undercover law enforcement officer.
Michael Flynn, 67, was convicted by a Philadelphia jury in July of unlawful contact with a minor, criminal solicitation to commit statutory sexual assault, criminal solicitation to commit involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, and criminal use of a communication facility.
He was sentenced Friday, December 15 to 25 to 50 years in prison, followed by three years probation. He was found to be a sexually violent predator.
Flynn believed he was communicating online with a 14-year-old child and made arrangements to meet the “child” for sexual contact. The “child” was actually an undercover Special Agent with the Office of Attorney General’s Child Predator Section.
“This defendant proved once again that he is a threat to the most vulnerable in our community – our children,” said Attorney General Henry. “This sentence ensures a convicted predator will no longer have access to potential victims. My office remains committed to doing everything in our power to protect children from sexual predators.”
Flynn engaged in the recent crimes just months after being paroled from decades in prison for sexual assaults of both children and adults in Philadelphia in the 1970s.
An investigation by the Office’s Child Predator Section, Homeland Security Investigations, and the Philadelphia Police Department revealed that Flynn was communicating online with someone he believed to be a 14-year-old child. The “child” repeatedly told Flynn he was 14, and Flynn continued to engage in explicit sexual conversations. He ultimately arranged to meet the “child” for sex acts, for which Flynn offered the “child” $150.
When Flynn arrived at the arranged location, he was taken into custody by Special Agents.
Anyone who has information about child predators is urged to contact the Attorney General’s Child Predator Section at 1-800-385-1044. Concerned citizens can also report child abuse to the Pennsylvania ChildLine by calling 1-800-932-0313.
This case was prosecuted by Senior Deputy Attorney General Michelle Laucella.
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