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Prosecutors: Massachusetts man planned to meet young girl

November 24, 2020 GMT

PEABODY, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts man is in custody after allegedly bringing a loaded firearm to meet someone he thought was a 13-year-old girl.

Peter Smith, 50, is being held on $15,000 bail after he pleaded not guilty to charges that include child enticement, possession of a firearm with intent to commit a felony, attempt to commit kidnapping and distributing obscene material to a minor, the Salem News reported. Smith was ordered to surrender all weapons and to not contact anyone under 18 years old.

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Prosecutors say Smith, of Woburn, made plans to meet the girl at a Barnes and Nobles in Peabody.

Smith’s attorney, Carmine Lepore, said that “the facts are what they are.”

Lepore asked Judge Peter Doyle not to set a bail higher than $5,000, offered to have Smith wear a GPS monitor and obey a curfew if released.