Man arrested after allegedly planning to use Benadryl to entice boy into sexual activity – NBC New York

A New York man has been arrested after he allegedly tried to entice a young boy into sexual activity because law enforcement said he intended to drug the child while doing so.

Richard Nguyen was arrested Thursday after being caught up in an undercover FBI operation, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York said in a news release.

The criminal complaint said the 29-year-old Manhattan resident initiated a series of conversations on messaging platforms with an FBI agent who posed as the father of an 8-year-old boy and a boy 5 years old. During those conversations, which began in October 2020, Nguyen reportedly expressed his desire to engage in sexual activity with either child.

Nguyen and the undercover officer arranged to meet at a cafe in Manhattan on January 20, with the understanding that they would then go to the undercover apartment so that Nguyen could sexually assault the child, the report says. criminal complaint. As the couple left the cafe, law enforcement arrested Nguyen.

Among other things, Nguyen was found in possession of children’s Benadryl and a contraceptive, according to the complaint.

“It is unfathomable to believe that anyone would view a 5-year-old boy as a sexual being,” FBI Deputy Director Michael J. Driscoll said. “Most despicable in this investigation, we allege the subject brought in Benadryl to drug the child. The job these officers do is really difficult, but so important in protecting children from predators.”

US Attorney Damian Williams called the allegations “as chilling and disturbing as one can imagine”.

Nguyen was charged with one count of attempting to induce a minor to engage in illegal sexual activity. If convicted, the charge carries a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years in prison, or even life in prison.

Information about Nguyen’s attorney was not immediately available.

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