Pa. school cook, camp counselor charged with traveling to Del. for sex with minor

By Tom Lehman 9:07pm, June 21, 2013 - Updated 9:15pm, June 21, 2013
Federal prosecutors in Delaware say a Pennsylvania school cook and summer camp counselor has been charged with attempted enticement, coercion, and transfer of obscene matter to a minor.

Prosecutors say 39-year-old Michael Barndt of Sellersville made arrangements earlier this month through online chats to perform sex acts with whom he believed to be a 14-year-old girl at the Days Inn on Route 202.

However, the girl was actually a special agent with the Department of Homeland Security, who was responding to a craigslist ad Barndt allegedly posted about his desire for a teenage fantasy liason.

He was taken into custody Wednesday at the Concord Mall, where the attorney's office says he was going to meet the girl and had previously purchased lingerie for the child.

If convicted, Barndt could face anywhere from 10 years to life in prison and up to $250,000 in fines.

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