Man Accused of Coercing Boys Pleads Guilty - KLFY News 10

Man Accused of Coercing Boys Pleads Guilty

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LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - A 23-year-old Lafayette man faces 10 years to life in prison after pleading guilty to federal charges alleging sexual encounters with a 15-year-old he met on Facebook.

Eric Michael Manuel also was accused of explicit Internet exchanges with 17 other juveniles.

Manuel was arrested last year after the mother of a 15-year-old Kaplan boy discovered an explicit message on her son's cellphone.

Manuel pleaded guilty Friday to a federal charge of coercing a minor to engage in criminal sexual acts.

He did not plead guilty to criminal charges related to the other allegations, but those allegations could impact his sentence.

The Advocate reports sentencing is set for Feb. 15.

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