HOUSTON (AP) — A South Texas man working for the Department of Defense in Honduras faces up to 30 years in prison for having sex with a 13-year-old girl.

William Curry McGrath of San Antonio remains jailed pending sentencing this summer in federal court in Houston.

The 55-year-old McGrath on Tuesday pleaded guilty to engaging in illicit sexual conduct with a minor in a foreign place.

McGrath was a civilian employee with DOD, working as director of the Network Enterprise Center at Soto Cano Air Base in Comayagua (koh-mah-YA’-gwuh), Honduras.

Investigators say McGrath, while in Honduras from late 2012 to March 2014, met the minor and began a sexual relationship with her. Prosecutors say the Texan gave the girl money, gifts and other items in exchange for sex.

McGrath was arrested last October.

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