SARATOGA SPRINGS -- A Pennsylvania man who traveled to the Spa City, intent on having sex with a 14-year-old girl, will be spending at least a decade behind bars after he was convicted on federal child sex charges.
William Keith Jamieson, 52, of Lancaster, Pa., was convicted of attempted enticement of a minor, a federal felony with a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years in federal prison and a possibility of life behind bars.
Jamieson was arrested in Congress Park in July 2012 where he was waiting to meet "Kara," a teenage girl he had been chatting with for more than four months online.
The sex offender met who he thought was Kara in a chat room called "dad&daughtersex" and chatted with her periodically over a period of months.
Kara, as it turned out, was Saratoga Springs Police Investigator Laura Emanation who was working undercover. She told Jamieson several times she was 14 years old and Jamieson told her he would travel to Saratoga Springs, get a hotel room and have sex with her.
Emanation is a member of the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, which trolls online chat rooms where sex predators congregate. "It takes a great deal of work," Saratoga Springs Police Lt. John Catone said. "We have an obligation to protect children, I don’t care if they are in Pennsylvania or Saratoga.
Emanation was named Officer of the Year in Saratoga Springs based, in part, on the investigation.
"It’s not an easy job," Catone said of Emanation’s role in chatting with sex offenders. "This problem is everywhere. There is a network of these ICAC people across the country."
After months of chatting with Jamieson, the predator came to Saratoga Springs for a meeting with his intended victim.
Task force members set up a meeting and Jamieson went to Congress Park with intentions of meeting Kara. Waiting there instead, though, was the Albany Child Exploitation Task Force, including officers from the Saratoga Springs Police Department, who took him into custody.
"He thought he was getting a 14-year-old girl and he got me," Catone said.
In his hotel room, investigators found condoms, computer equipment, a camera and a bottle of nail polish he had promised to bring as a present for Kara.
Jamieson is expected to be sentenced Nov. 26 in Albany federal court. In addition to time in prison, Jamieson will be sentenced to a mandatory minimum of five years post-release supervision and will be required to register as a sex offender.