Fate of an Isabel man accused in sex trafficking sting in the hands of a federal jury

By  | 

The fate of 43-year-old Andries Snyman of Isabel is now in the hands of a federal jury.

Snyman is accused of attempted enticement of a minor using the internet back in August of last year.

During closing arguments this afternoon, Assistant U.S. Attorney Sarah Collins said by looking at text messages and dating app messages, Snyman clearly intended to have sex with a minor even though he was actually talking with an undercover agent posing as a 14-year-old boy.

She says he even showed up to meet the young man at the Stevens High School parking lot, but was met by several officers instead.

But Snyman's attorney Tom Diggins said Snyman intended to give the fictional boy advice because he knows what it's like to be a gay teen.

Collins argued that if he was really trying to help the boy, why did he ask about the size of his genitals.

If convicted, Snyman faces a mandatory ten year prison sentence with a maximum of up to life behind bars.

The jury deliberated until five Thursday evening and will continue deliberating Friday morning.