Aussie who paid $US260 to rape boy jailed for 12 years
A RUGBY player caught attempting to pay $US260 to rape a six-year-old boy at a paedophile party in a US hotel room has been sentenced to 12 years' jail.
Michael Quinn, 33, was caught in May in LA at a sting set up by US authorities who posed as paedophiles and a pimp offering to supply him with a boy to rape.
Quinn, whose ankles were shackled, wept throughout his sentencing and claimed it was the first time he had attempted to prey on a child.
"If you give me a second chance I won't let you down," he told US District Court Judge John Walter.
But the judge showed little leniency, sentencing Quinn to the term prosecutors had asked for - not what Quinn's lawyer requested.
The veteran judge described Quinn's desire to attend what Quinn believed was a paedophile party at an LA hotel room and pay a pimp to allow him to rape a young boy as "absolutely disgusting", "ghastly" and "despicable".
Quinn's parents, Anna and John, who had flown in from Australia to support him, sat in the courtroom to his left.
The Monash University-educated IVF geneticist was on a rugby trip to the US when he was arrested.
Quinn claimed he has never molested a child before his arrest and the sting was the first opportunity offered him.
His lawyer, Lisa Shinar LaBarre, said Quinn's severe addiction to methamphetamine had altered his thinking and created psychotic thoughts. Quinn had also claimed to have been abused as a child.
"It upsets me so much that I could be capable of harming a child," Quinn, dressed in a white prison jumpsuit, told the judge.