MARINE MASTER SGT NABBED IN INTERNET SEX
STING - WAS NCO ENTRAPPED BY MILITANT
GROUP ALLIED WITH DATELINE NBC'S "TO CATCH
A PREDATOR" TV PROGAM? MICHAEL McNANY
ARRESTED IN GEORGIA - OUT ON $50,000 BAIL
ACCUSED OF "ELECTRONICALLY FURNISHING
OBSCENE MATERIAL" (NUDE PIX OF HIMSELF) TO
A MINOR - ALSO "INAPPROPRIATE" E-MAIL
WITH "PERVERTED JUSTICE" INVESTIGATOR
PRETENDING TO BE 15 YEAR-OLD GIRL
He had it made. Why did a 33 year-old Marine master sergeant with a wife and two kids risk everything to send "inappropriate" e-mails and photos to a person on the Internet who posed as a teenage girl?
Michael McNany, stationed at the Marine Corps Logistics Base at Albany, Ga. is free on $50,000 bail after his arrest Sept. 17 on charges he solicited sex from a "girl" on the Internet whom he allegedly believed to be only 15 years old.
The NCO, who joined the Marines in 1992 and had a previously clean record, was taken into custody at his Lee County, Ga. home. His attorney, Page Pate of Atlanta, says the sergeant will be proven "innocent" of the charges when all the facts are known.
As of press time, no one from the Marine Corps or Lee County Sheriff's Office has released any of the so-called "nude photos" that McNany is said to have transmitted via computer to the sting artist on the other end of the line.
GROUP CALLED "PERVERTED JUSTICE" BEHIND
INTERNET STING OPERATION
MilitaryCorruption.com has learned that McNany was nabbed - or "entrapped," according to your individual point of view - in an operation run by a group called "Perverted Justice" that works closely with Dateline NBC's television program "To Catch a Predator." A female from that organization pretended to be an underage girl and trolled the Internet looking for possible "perverts" to turn in to the cops.
At one point, we are told, in the e-mail conversations, the fake 15 year-old tried to lure McNany to meet her at her "home" in the Atlanta suburbs. But the sergeant never showed up.
While he is charged with a variety of offenses, actual sexual contact or activity isn't one of them.
Investigators raided McNany's home and grabbed up a computer, laptop, digital cameras and a Web camera from the sergeant's residence, hoping to get additional evidence against the career NCO.
A grand jury panel is being assembled and is expected to meet in the near future.