Scottdale Man Gets Up to Four Years in Online Sex Case

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A Scottdale man convicted of traveling to Uniontown to have sex with a teenage girl he met online, only to discover she was an undercover police officer, will serve two to four years in a state prison.

Four members of the family of Sean Patrick Stillwagon, 21, asked Fayette County Judge John F. Wagner Jr. to show mercy during Stillwagon's sentencing Friday.

Stillwagon was convicted earlier this month of attempted aggravated indecent assault, attempted statutory sexual assault, attempted unlawful contact with a minor, attempted corruption of minors and attempted indecent assault.

Dunbar police filed the charges after a borough officer posed as a 13-year-old girl on MySpace, Yahoo Messenger and Yahoo Chat.

The officer came into contact with Stillwagon in a chat room, where he identified himself as "Third _ d _ gree." Stillwagon engaged in sexually explicit conversations with the officer posing as the teen.

Stillwagon agreed to meet the girl at Walgreens, where he was taken into custody in the parking lot.

Sara Ruff, Stillwagon's aunt, told the judge her nephew has "mental health and drug and alcohol issues" and the loving support of his parents.

"He explained to me he didn't remember nothing," she said. "I don't feel jail is going to help Sean."

Stillwagon's mother, Lillian Stillwagon, asked for mercy.

In tears, she said, "He is the most kindhearted gentleman I think I know. …