Michael Quinn will appear in the US Federal Court in Los Angeles on Friday charged with attempted child sex trafficking, which carries a minimum sentence of 15 years and a maximum of life without parole.
Michael John Quinn was also charged with one count of travelling to the US for the purpose of engaging in illicit sexual conduct with a minor, which carries a maximum penalty of 30 years in prison.
Quinn from Melbourne, 33, was in the US to play in the Bingham Cup but he never boarded his flight to Nashville after he was arrested at a Los Angeles hotel for allegedly attempting to arrange sex with a six-year-old boy.
According to the Sunday Herald Sun, Quinn’s online dating profile detailed his travels to the US, with plans to spend between May 19 and June 9 in LA and then Nashville.
“Easygoing Aussie guy here for some fun. Open-minded,” the profile reads.
Quinn, who is a Monash University-educated geneticist who works at Australia’s largest fertility clinic in Melbourne, allegedly arranged the meet up without any of his teammates’ knowledge.
The arrest came after a trap was set for Quinn who allegedly had an online conversation on a social networking website for paedophiles.
According to the criminal complaint, Quinn allegedly arrived at the hotel last Saturday with a camera and monopod – as well as $US260 in his pocket to pay for the sex he arranged with the child.
Within 10 minutes of arriving at the hotel, he allegedly had a beer and a Toy Story-themed cupcake as he mingled with “like-minded men”, The Age reported.
But what Quinn didn’t know was the men who he allegedly thought were other child predators were actually undercover special agents.
In the complaint, authorities said a short time later another undercover agent, posing as the sex trafficker, arrived at the door to collect payment for the children.
After Quinn allegedly handed the “sex trafficker” the money, law enforcement authorities entered the hotel room and took him into custody.
Quinn remains locked up in the Los Angeles Metropolitan Detention Centre.