Bucks man gets 10 years after luring 'girl' for sex

Posted: February 27, 2014

MICHAEL BARNDT thought he was meeting a 14-year-old girl for sex last June when he checked into a Wilmington, Del., hotel and bought her black lace panties.

But the teen he chatted with online was a federal Department of Homeland Security agent.

Barndt, 40, of Sellersville, Bucks County, was sentenced yesterday in U.S. District Court in Delaware to 10 years in prison. He pleaded guilty to attempted coercion and enticement of a minor.

At the time of his arrest, he was working as a chef at Lakeside School in Horsham Township. He served as the football coach at Springfield Township Middle School in the fall. And in the summer, he worked as a camp counselor in Blue Bell.

According to the affidavit: On June 7, the undercover agent responded to an ad by Barndt on Craigslist titled "Real Teen Fantasy- 34 (Bucks)." The ad read: "I looking for a girl next door teen with a naughty side . . . Reply for details no older ladies please."

Barndt's screen name was "mikecoach73." After the two began chatting online, Barndt sent her a photo of himself. The affidavit described him as a "heavy set white male subject."

Barndt told the teen that "he enjoys looking at women's feet in stockings while masturbating." He sent her nude pictures of himself.

After some explicit chats, they planned to meet in Wilmington.

On June 19, Barndt bought "black lace 'boy shorts' underwear" for the "teen" at Victoria's Secret in the Concord Mall north of Wilmington, then checked into a room at a nearby Days Inn. He returned to the mall to pick her up.

Federal agents arrested him in his car in the mall parking lot.

Agents seized his smartphone and later found 15,000 images of teen girls scantily dressed, or partially or totally naked. Most of the photos seemed to be selfies.

"Predators like Mr. Barndt stalk and attack the most vulnerable in our society, our children," John Kelleghan, special agent in charge of Homeland Security Investigations in Philadelphia, said yesterday in a news release.

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