NORRISTOWN — An undercover sting operation conducted by state authorities has landed a Berks County man behind bars on charges he used the Internet to attempt to meet who he believed was an underage boy for sex in Montgomery County.

Gregory Allen Leh Jr., 35, of the first block of Harvey Avenue, Lower Alsace Township, was sentenced in Montgomery County Court to 5-to-10-years in a state correctional facility after he pleaded guilty to felony charges of unlawful contact with a minor and attempt to commit involuntary deviate sexual intercourse with a minor in connection with a January incident in Lower Providence.

With the charges, the Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General alleged Leh engaged in an online conversation with an undercover agent posing as a 14-year-old boy and took steps to meet who he believed was the boy for sex.

Judge Richard P. Haaz, who accepted a plea agreement in the case, also ordered Leh to complete 10 years’ probation following parole, meaning Leh will be under court supervision for 20 years.

Leh also faces a lifetime requirement to report his address to state police in order to comply with Pennsylvania’s Sexual Offender Registration and Notification Act.

The judge ordered Leh to have no unsupervised contact with minors during the court supervision. Parole and probation officials must also monitor Leh’s Internet usage while he’s under supervision, the judge said.

The investigation began on Jan. 24 when a state special agent, in a joint effort with county detectives and the FBI, posed as a 14-year-old boy while conducting an undercover Internet chat operation from Lower Providence and was contacted by Leh.

“I love younger guys,” Leh allegedly wrote during the online conversation through an Internet app.

The conversation turned sexual in nature and when the undercover agent communicated he was 14 years old, Leh allegedly wrote, “Nice” and arranged a meeting to take place at a shopping center near Wedgewood Way in Lower Providence, according to the criminal complaint.

Authorities put the area under surveillance and observed Leh arrive at the predetermined location at 4:25 p.m. in a silver Chrysler 300 vehicle, according to the arrest affidavit. When authorities moved in and took Leh into custody Leh allegedly uttered, “You guys do a great job,” according to court papers.

Questioned further by authorities later, Leh stated, “I get caught up and I just get lost in conversation like sexual conversation and I can’t stop.” Leh acknowledged that if the minor child was “real and everything went well” that he and the minor would have had sexual contact with each other, according to arrest documents.

“Leh also stated that he knows sex with minors is illegal,” agents wrote in the arrest affidavit.

State Deputy Attorney General Michelle Laucella prosecuted the case.

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