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35-year MTA vet pleads guilty in teen sex sting

KEW GARDENS — A veteran Metropolitan Transportation Authority employee pleaded guilty Tuesday to charges he attempted to meet an individual he believed to be a 14-year-old Queens girl for sexual relations, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said Tuesday.

Bruce Boland, 59, of Long Island admitted he sent instant messages over the Internet and made arrangements to meet an individual he thought was a teenage girl but who was actually an undercover city detective in the Vice Enforcement Division, the DA said.

Boland, who has worked for the MTA for 35 years, faces up to four months in jail and five years’ probation when sentenced Nov. 24, the DA said. He will also have to complete the sex offender program he is now attending and forfeit the computer seized at the time of his arrest, according to the DA.

The detective was pretending to be a 14-year-old girl from Queens at about 7:15 p.m. April 2, 2008, when he began receiving instant messages from Boland, who used the screen name “totherescue6700,” the DA said. Boland wrote an instant message that read, “I’m Bruce, a dad with daughters 19 and 23,” according to the DA. He then wrote he was married but would like “a lil sweetie to pamper and spoil,” the DA said.

Boland twice made arrangements to meet the girl in Queens, but later canceled on both occasions, according to the DA.

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