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Nashville musician pleads guilty to attempting to entice minor


A Nashville banjo player pleaded guilty Friday morning in a Dallas federal court to one count of attempted enticement of a minor.

Abraham Eugene Spear, 30, of faces no less than 10 years and not more than life in prison, a $250,000 fine and a lifetime of supervised release.

Spear, who has been in federal custody since his arrest in September 2012, in Dallas, will be sentenced on June 7.

Spear admitted that from Aug. 27, 2012, through Sept. 20, 2012, he used the internet and a cell phone to knowingly attempt to persuade an individual, whom he believed to be a 17-year-old girl, to engage in sex.

Spear communicated over several weeks with an undercover law enforcement agent, whom Spear believed to be the mother of two girls, ages 7 and 9.

During these communications, Spear attempted to persuade the "mother" to allow him to meet her two girls to engage in different sexual acts with him.

On Sept. 20, Spear traveled from Tennessee to Dallas to perform with the Josh Thompson band at a bar in Dallas.

According to the U.S. Department of Justice, he agreed on that day to meet the mom at a restaurant in Dallas. After he was identified, Spear was arrested by the FBI.

Spear admitted that many of the messages he sent were sexual in nature and geared toward the "mother's" young daughters.

Spear also admitted sending a sexually explicit photo of himself to the "mother," asking what the girls would think of the photo.

Spear admitted that he had engaged in sexually explicit communications with other mothers of minor girls, including one in which he offered to pay $200 to engage in sex with the mother's minor daughter.

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