Southington man facing charges after police investigate POPsquad video

Southington man facing charges after police investigate POPsquad video

Record-Journal


SOUTHINGTON — A local man faces charges after police reviewed a video posted by an organization that targets sexual predators. The video, posted Friday evening, appears to depict a man being confronted at a local Dunkin’ Donuts about attempting to solicit a 14-year-old boy on the internet.

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.

Dubin, who is listed on the state’s sex offender registry, was initially held in lieu of $100,000 bond and is scheduled to appear in Bristol Superior Court on Tuesday.

Lt. Stephen Elliott said the department was informed of the POPsquad video late Friday night. Dubin 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.

“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 evening.

Based on the video and further investigation, police obtained an arrest warrant for Dubin.

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.

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.


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