MEDIA, Pa. — A Philadelphia man who referred to himself as “dirty old Santa” is going to prison after arranging online to meet a 14-year-old girl who turned out to an undercover police officer.

A judge on Monday sentenced William McKinlay to one to two years in prison and ordered him to register as a sex offender. McKinlay had pleaded guilty to solicitation to statutory sexual assault.

The father of two was arrested in June at an ice cream parlor in a Philadelphia suburb where he had arranged to meet the girl. Prosecutors say McKinlay engaged online in sexually explicit messages.

The Delaware County Times reports McKinlay’s Facebook page showed a photo of him dressed as Santa, dated in December 2016. Authorities said McKinlay worked as a seasonal employee at a department store.


Information from: Delaware County Daily Times, http://www.delcotimes.com

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