Columbia man guilty soliciting sex with child through "parent"

A 57 year old Columbia man has been sentenced in federal court to eight years and one month in prison for attempting to arrange sex with a child. Dennis Michael Gallipeau was targeted for investigation when he contacted an undercover police officer who was posing online as the mother of a young girl. Gallipeau engaged in several computer chats with the undercover officer and made plans to travel to Detroit for a sexual encounter with the daughter. When Federal agents confronted Gallipeau, he agreed to allow them to examine his computer. Agents found images of child pornography, and these resulted in the charges that led to the prosecution and sentencing of Gallipeau.