Sex Offender Sentenced to 40 Years in Undercover Sting

Pensacola, Fla. - An Okaloosa sex offender was sentenced to 40 years in prison Monday.

Richard D. Waterson II, 47, a registered sex offender living in Crestview, was sentenced after pleading guilty in January to attempted enticement of a minor, receipt of child pornography, and for committing a felony involving a minor, while a registered sex offender, according to federal prosecutors.  
 
In May and June 2016, Waterson and an undercover officer talked online regarding sexual contact with the undercover officer's fictitious 13-year-old daughter "Amber."

Waterson was arrested when he approached the hotel where he had agreed to engage in sexual activity with "amber." After his arrest, multiple computers were seized from Waterson. A forensic examination located more than 600 child pornography images and videos, downloaded from the internet, on his electronic devices. 
 


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