UPDATE: Soldier in Legal Trouble Over Craigslist Casual Encounter

UPDATE:
On Thursday, January 4, Judge Weatherby sentenced Severin to 10 years in prison.

This investigation was assisted by the Office of Special Investigations at Goodfellow Air Force Base.

ORIGINAL STORY:

A soldier training in intelligence at Goodfellow Air Force Base is now facing two to ten years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine or probation.

Geovanni Severin, 36, replied to a casual encounter ad through Craigslist, which he thought was a woman seeking a man.

During their conversations, the “woman” revealed to Severin that she was actually a 13-year old girl.

Severin continued to connect with her.

He also sent her a photograph of his private parts.

The two people finally arranged to meet and Severin left the Air Force base and drove to the bowling alley on Knickerbocker Rd., where he was arrested.

As it turned out, behind the computer screens, three undercover agents actually orchestrated the scheme as a part of the operation known as Neverland II.

Neverland was set up to find adults searching for sex with minors, as this is illegal.

Severin was found guilty of online solicitation of a minor under 14 by District Judge Jay Weatherby.