Banjo player admits to seeking sex with minors

Posted Friday, Feb. 15, 2013  Print Reprints

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A Nashville banjo player has begun facing the music by pleading guilty Friday morning in federal court to the attempted enticement of what he believed was a 7-year-old girl.

Prosecutors had alleged that Abraham Eugene Spear, 30, communicated over several weeks with an undercover law enforcement agent whom he believed was the mother of two girls, ages 7 and 9, according to a press release by the U.S. Attorney's Northern District of Texas.

Using the monikers of MUSICMAN30 and BANJOPAINE, Spear allegedly tried to persuade the mother over Internet and text messages to let him meet her daughters for sexual encounters. He then made plans to meet with the mother at a Dallas restaurant while in town Sept. 20 to perform with the Josh Thompson band at a Dallas bar.

Instead, he was arrested by FBI agents.

"Spear admitted that many of the messages he sent were sexual in nature and geared toward the 'mother's' seven and nine-year-old daughters," the release states. "Spear also admitted sending a sexually explicit photo of himself to the 'mother,' asking what the girls would think of the photo."

The release states Spear also admitted engaging in sexually explicit communications with other mothers of underage girls, including once offering to pay $200 to engage in sexual acts with the mother's minor daughter.

Sentencing for Spear, who has been in federal custody since his arrest in September, is scheduled for June 7 before Chief U.S. District Judge Sidney A. Fitzwater in Dallas. Spear faces up to life in prison, a $250,000 fine, and a lifetime of supervised release.

Spear, an original member of the country and bluegrass band The Twang Bangers, joined Thompson's band in 2010, playing pedal steel, banjo and guitar, according to Windspearit Entertainment's Facebook page.

Deanna Boyd, (817) 390-7655

Twitter: @deannaboyd