Southington man charged after release of POPsquad video arraigned, remains held on $100k bond

Southington man charged after release of POPsquad video arraigned, remains held on $100k bond


SOUTHINGTON — A local man charged Monday after police reviewed a video posted by an organization that targets sexual predators was arraigned Tuesday and remains held on $100,000 bond.

Keith Dubin, 31, of 146 Delahunty Drive, was charged by warrant Monday with criminal attempt to commit risk of injury to a minor and criminal attempt to possess child pornography. His bond was initially set at $100,000 and wasn’t changed during his arraignment in Bristol Superior Court Tuesday. The bail commissioner said Dubin was born in Meriden and has lived in Southington his whole life. The case was continued to Sept. 13.

Lt. Stephen Elliott said the department was informed of the POPsquad video late Friday night. A concerned citizen approached police after seeing the POPsquad video posted online, according to the arrest warrant.

Dubin, who is listed on the state’s sex offender registry, thought he was interacting with a 14-year-old boy online and attempted to meet the boy at Dunkin’ Donuts in Plantsville when he was confronted by a man from POPsquad, according to police.

“During the course of their online interactions, Dubin requested photos of the youth and they agreed to meet up at a designated location in Southington,” Elliott wrote in a statement released Monday.

Based on the video and further investigation, police obtained an arrest warrant for Dubin. The warrant notes Dubin admits to the man filming the video that he was there to meet what he believed was a 14-year-old boy that he met online.

“In this video Dubin admits that he has a problem and that he is attracted to 14-year-old boys but that he is gay and prefers 18 to 24 year old men,” the warrant said.

The officer noted that in online conversations posted by POPsquad, Dubin believed he was talking to a 14-year-old boy. Dubin initially blocked the account, but then unblocked it and started talking to who he thought was a teenage boy again, the warrant said. Dubin asked for sexually explicit photographs from the account, and asked questions that the officers noted appeared to suggest a sexual encounter, the warrant said.

A public defender representing Dubin said Tuesday, while it might not rise to the level of entrapment, there appears to have been enticement. The public defender asked the judge to review the actions of the creator of the video, and noted the person is giving out phone numbers and asking that pictures be sent to him.

Judge Richard Dyer kept bond at $100,000 based on Dubin’s criminal history, which includes probation violations. Dyer also ordered that Dubin not to have any contact with anyone under 16 years old.

He was added to the state’s sex offender registry about a decade ago after he was convicted of second-degree possession of child pornography. The public defender noted Dubin is current on his sex offender registration.

According to court records, he was convicted of risk of injury to a child in May 2008 and sentenced to a year in prison, suspended after 15 days, and five years probation. He violated probation the next year. In 2009, he was convicted of second-degree illegal possession of child pornography and sentenced to 10 years in prison, suspended after five years, and 10 years probation. He violated probation in 2014 and was sent to jail for two more years, according to court records.

— Lauren Sievert


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