OKLAHOMA CITY - An Oklahoma City attorney accused in a high-profile sex crimes case pleaded guilty Thursday morning, officials say.
Michael Dean Billings changed his plea from not guilty to guilty.
He’s pleaded to one count of engaging in illicit sexual conduct in foreign places. It’s a felony that carries up to 30 years in prison.
You may remember, FBI agents and Peruvian officials took Billings and Ada bondsman Robert Pierce into custody after Pierce was reportedly seen taking two underage girls, ages 13 and 17, into a hotel room in Iquitos, Peru.
Investigators say they found condoms, candy, and extra small women’s underwear in the room.
According to court documents, a source told investigators Billings and Pierce bragged about having sex with 16-year-old twins, described by Billings as being "ripe," "breathtaking," and said they "oozed sexuality."
A federal grand jury indicted Billings in 2014.
Billings has been on house arrest for the past year after he pleaded not guilty to sex crimes with underage girls in South America.
Billings didn't want a jury to decide his fate, so he pleaded guilty to a federal judge Thursday morning.
We stopped by Billings' law office Wednesday afternoon. He wouldn't answer the door, and told us to call his attorney.
Billings’ attorney, Danny White, told us over the phone that his client will plead to this charge filed in federal court: one count of engaging in illicit sexual conduct in foreign places with a girl under the age of 18 between 2011 and 2013.
Prosecutors say Billings traveled to Peru 39 times in recent years.
The plea will require Billings to have up to lifetime supervision by the federal government and lifetime registration as a sex offender. White also told us Billings has just surrendered his bar license.
His co-defendant, the bail bondsman, hasn’t been charged yet.
Sentencing won’t happen Thursday.
Investigators will do a pre-sentence report, and then the federal judge will have 60 days to determine punishment.