April 3, 2012
A researcher at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology was busted by undercover cops, after he tried to set up a sexual tryst with a woman and her two daughters – one of whom was 12.
Yaron Segal, 30, set up the sordid meeting with a woman he met in an internet chat room.
What he didn’t realise was that the woman was in fact an undercover agent and that he was being set up in a Department of Homeland Security sting.
Sordid: Yaron Segal tried to set up a sexual tryst with a woman and her two daughters, one of whom was 12
Officers arrested the Israeli born physicist after he flew to Colorado from Massachusetts, planning on meeting with the mystery woman and her children.
He was charged with traveling with intent to engage in a sexual act with a person under 12, a count which carries a minimum penalty of 30 years in prison.
Agents first became interested in Segal in early February when he was seen in chat rooms where titles including ‘childslavesex’ and ‘ChildRapeTortureBrutality’ were being used.
DHS agent Vanessa Hipps went undercover, posing as a mother of two girls aged 12 and 16.
Researcher: Segal recently completed his doctorate at Yale University’s applied physics department
Busted: Segal flew to Colorado, arriving on Wednesday, when an undercover agent met him at baggage claim
Hipps chatted with Segal, who quickly turned the conversation to sex. He told her he wanted to have intercourse with her and both of her children, adding that he would be willing to make the 1,800-mile trip to meet them.
‘I could definitely drop by for a weekend,’ he wrote.
Over the next few weeks Segal messaged Hipps on the chat room, as well as by email, text and Yahoo Chat.
He repeated his desire to have sex with Hipps’ daughters and sent raunchy photos and videos of himself.
‘A majority of the chats were very sexually explicit,’ Hipps said.
In one email sent in February, Segal included a link to a website selling sex toys he wanted to buy for their upcoming lewd encounter. He told her during a phone call that he would take ‘a dildo, small vibrator for the youngest child’.
Bizarre: This strange picture is one of Segal’s Facebook photos
Lewd: Segal sent a link to a website selling sex toys he wanted to buy to the agent for their planned encounter
Academic: Segal has worked in the MIT Photovoltaic Research Laboratory since last year
On March 16 he sent another email with photographs of the vibrators he had bought. ‘Got the toys,’ he wrote, ‘those are some big c**ks’.
He flew to Colorado, arriving on Wednesday where Hipps met him in the baggage claim area of the Grand Junction airport. He was immediately arrested and taken into police custody.
Segal has worked in the MIT Photovoltaic Research Laboratory since last year after completing his doctorate at Yale University’s applied physics department.
Before making his trip Segal, who introduced himself to Hipps as ‘Ron’, had created a cover-up story to tell colleagues. ‘Yaron’s on vacation,’ a co-worker told the Smoking Gun. ‘I think he’s camping.’