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Aloha man arrested at PDX trying to meet boy sentenced to 15 years in prison

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PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

A man who engaged in sexually explicit online discussions with teen boys and was arrested at Portland International Airport attempting to meet one of the victims has been sentenced to 15 years in federal prison.

David James McHarg, 58, of Aloha, was sentenced Thursday after pleading guilty to charges of attempted online enticement of a minor and receiving child pornography.

McHarg was arrested in March 2016.

Deputies received permission to assume the online identity of a 15-year-old boy McHarg was talking to over Facebook.

McHarg is a sex offender and the boy was living in a different state.

Investigators said McHarg engaged in sexually explicit chats with the detective, believing it was the 15-year-old boy, and suggested the teen fly to Portland for spring break.

McHarg was arrested at the airport waiting for what he thought was the boy's incoming flight.

A search of McHarg's Facebook account revealed communications with a 16-year-old boy in Colorado, including sexually explicit images and videos of the boy sent at McHarg's request, according to the Department of Justice.

Investigators also learned McHarg took a 17-year-old boy to Jamaica and engaged in sex acts in 2006.

At the sentencing hearing, McHarg apologized profusely and expressed remorse for his conduct, according to the DOJ. He said, “I don’t want to be this person. This is not who I want to be.”

He expressed a desire to take advantage of treatment and counseling programs while in prison.

The judge stated concern that McHarg might continue to harm children and imposed the 15-year prison sentence.

After completing his prison term, McHarg will be on supervised release for the remainder of his life. He will be subject to strict supervision conditions, including requirements that he participate in mental health and sex offender treatment programs, and limitations to his possession and use of computers and access to the internet.

McHarg may petition the court to modify or end his term of supervised release after he has completed at least five years of supervision.

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