A Gulfport man has pleaded guilty to using the internet to entice a 13-year-old girl into having sexual activity.
Gregory Dodd, 53, was facing trial on a related charge punishable by 10 years to life in prison.
He accepted a plea deal Thursday on a charge filed by the U.S. Attorney’s Office. He now faces up to five years in prison and supervised release of five years to life.
Chief U.S. District Judge Louis Guirola Jr. will sentence him Jan 5.
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“(Dodd) set up three meetings with the mother to meet the girl but the meetings did not occur because the agents had concerns,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Andrea Jones told the judge.
Dodd has been held without bond since his April 15 arrest at his home near Bel-Aire Elementary School. In interviews, he “expressed urges” of a sexual nature with his grandchildren, a Homeland Security Investigations agent has said.
The “child” Dodd thought he was emailing was an undercover officer who was investigating a website devoted to nontraditional sex acts and fetishes, including incest.
Dodd had met the child’s “mother” on the website. Now he’s admitted emailing the girl and grooming her for sexual activity and to have sex with him in front of her mother.
“Tell me what turns you on sexually,” he said in an email filed in court records. “Do you like your mom watching you?”
In another email, he told the girl, “Your mother and I share the same likes sexually. We both like incest and she really wants to watch us together sometime.”
He also talked about having sex with young teems while he was in the military and stationed in the Philippines.
He used foul language in his emails. He also said he’d watched incest videos with the “mother” simultaneously on the internet.
HSI agents arrested him and searched his home on Gary Street after he emailed the “mother” to arrange to meet her and her daughter on 28th Street, where he was working.
Had the case gone to trial, the government would have shown that Dodd’s online correspondence began Feb. 12, 2015, and continued through April 12, prosecutor Andrea Jones said.
Before accepting Dodd’s plea, Guirola asked him questions about his background. Dodd said he graduated from high school in Washington state and was in the Navy for 21 years, achieving the rank of E6 while working in the training of personnel.
“I was honorably discharged,” Dodd said.
Dodd said he’s worked in construction and cabinetry most of his life.
Neighbors aware of his family background expressed concerns after his arrest.
His brother, Westley Dodd, kidnapped, sexually assaulted and killed three boys in 1989.
He confessed after he was caught trying to kidnap another boy and was executed in 1993 in Washington state.
Westley Dodd has been called “one of the most evil killers in history” and several books have been written about him.