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Somerset County man admits traveling outside of United States to engage in criminal sexual conduct

TRENTON, NJ – A Somerset County man Monday admitted traveling to the Philippines to engage in sex with a minor, according to Acting U.S. Attorney Rachael A. Honig.

James A. Diggs, 45, pleaded guilty by videoconference before Chief U.S. District Judge Freda L. Wolfson to an information that charged him with traveling outside of the United States to engage in criminal sexual activity, Honig said.

According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court, in October 2018, Diggs traveled to the Philippines to meet and engage in sexual activity with a minor in exchange for money and gifts, knowing the victim was a minor.

Foreign travel to engage in criminal sexual activity carries a maximum potential penalty of 30 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

Jay Edwards

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