A Metro-East man may spend up to 15 years in prison after admitting to paying federal officials $1,500 so he could have sex with a 7-year-old girl.
David Driskill, 65, will be sentenced Oct. 7 after entering a guilty plea to charges commercial sex trafficking of a child charges in federal court on Monday.
Prosecutors said between May 1 and May 7, Driskill sent multiple text messages to a woman asking her to provide a child between 7 and 11 years for him to have sex with in exchange for $3,000.
At one point Driskill said he would offer her large sums of money if he could have sex with her 9-year-old child. He also said he’s pay $500 if she sent him an inappropriate photo of her.
The woman then contacted local authorities, who got her in touch with federal agents. She worked with an agent and sent texts to Driskill saying she could get him in contact with someone who could help him out.
The special agent, posing as someone else, then contacted Driskill and said he could provide him with his 7-year-old daughter. They set up a meeting for later that week.
Driskill went to a Jerseyville apartment on May 10 and walked up to the agent sitting outside.
According to court documents, Driskill was caught on audio and video saying he’d pay the agent $1,500 in exchange for having sex with the child. He stepped into the apartment and was promptly arrested.
Authorities confiscated his cell phone, a condom and an unopened box containing KY lubricant. Police later found two images of young girl on the phone.