Hartford Federal Court. Photo: Google Maps

A 78-year-old American has admitted that he sent nude photos of himself to an underaged girl in the Philippines, and also had sexually explicit conversations online with at least two other teenagers.

Harry Bright, who is also known as Buddy Bright, pleaded guilty to one count of distributing obscene matter to a minor at Hartford Federal Court in Connecticut on May 31. He was released on bail of US$75,000, Philippine Lifestyle News reported.

The court heard that Bright started communicating with a 15-year-old Filipina in late August 2017, and sent her sexually explicit messages. He then requested that she send him nude photos of herself.

In September, Bright sent nude photos of himself to the girl. Calling the teenager his “future wife”, he planned to fly to the Philippines to visit her. Bright also had sexually explicit online conversations with at least two other 15-year-old Filipino girls.

The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children in the US was  notified of the online messages by Facebook in November and it contacted the Department of Homeland Security, which arrested Bright one month later.