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Va. man, 63, pleads guilty to trying to have sex with 8-year-old girl in the Philippines

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ALEXANDRIA, Va. (WJLA) - A Springfield man pleaded guilty Wednesday to trying to entice an 8-year-old girl to have sex with him in the Philippines in 2013, officials say.

Carl Sara, 63, took part in live-streaming webcam sessions showing minors engaged in sexually explicit acts and chatted with minors in a sexually explicit way, according to the statement of facts filed with the plea agreement and described in a release from Dana J. Boente, U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, and Andrew W. Vale, assistant director in charge of the FBI's Washington Field Office.

In May 2013, Sara attempted to convince a mother to get her 8-year-old daughter to have sex with him while he was on a trip to the Philippines, according to the release.

Sara allegedly paid the mother $200 as a down payment and said he’d pay $300 after having sex with her daughter.

Sara will be sentenced on Dec. 8 by a federal district court judge. He faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years and a maximum penalty of life in prison.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice. Led by U.S. Attorneys' Offices and the Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS), Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.justice.gov/psc.

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