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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) – A Providence man been charged with attempting to entice a 10-year-old girl into sexual activity has been found guilty.

52-year-old Thomas McLucky Hammond was convicted Tuesday morning of one count of attempting to persuade, entice, induce or coerce a minor to engage in illicit sexual activity. 

According to a federal grand jury, Hammond reached out to a man he believed to be the father of a 10-year-old girl from Warwick through a Craigslist post in June of 2017.

Hammond asked the presumed step-father whether or not he was abusing the girl and if they could arrange a pool party at the man’s home to join along in said abuse.

On June 21, Hammond agreed to meet up with the man in a parking lot on Post Road in Warwick before going to the pool party. There Hammond was arrested by members of the Rhode Island Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force who were posing undercover as the step-father.

In his trial Hammond claimed that he was a gay man who had no interest in female children.

He added that he enjoyed talking to straight men about abusing children and that he was only engaging in a “sexual fantasy” without ever intending to engage in sexual activity.

Hammond was found guilty after three hours of the jury’s deliberation.

Hammond faces up to 30 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000. He is expected back in court for sentencing on November 14.

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