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Texas man admits trying to travel to Canada for purpose of sex with underage boy

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A Texas man detained in July 2011 at the Alexandria Bay port of entry admitted April 26 in federal court that he was traveling in the area en route to Canada for the purpose of trying to engage in sexual conduct with a person under age 18.

Vincent Alexis, age not available, whose last known address was in Elgin, Texas, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court, Syracuse, via video conference, to attempted travel in interstate or foreign commerce with intent to engage in illicit sexual conduct.

According to a plea agreement filed with the court, Mr. Alexis was attempting to travel to Kingston, Ontario, to meet a 17-year-old boy whom he had befriended through an online video game when the boy was 13. Canada Border Services Agency denied Mr. Alexis entry into Canada after reviewing text messages on his cellphone, which were between Mr. Alexis and the youth and were sexual in nature, according to the plea agreement.

When Mr. Alexis was returned to the United States, he was searched by U.S. customs agents, who claimed he had deleted the text messages before arriving at the border. According to the plea agreement, Mr. Alexis admitted that he had traveled from Austin, Texas, to Canada to see the boy and that he would have paid for sex with the boy.

According to the plea agreement, Mr. Alexis faces a maximum sentence of 30 years in federal prison when he is sentenced Sept. 10.

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