Christopher Pickle pleaded guilty in the case in July, but was allowed to withdraw the plea.
U.S. District Judge Neal B. Biggers said Pickle’s plea was “only conditionally accepted” by the court while he was represented by a federal public defender.
The man’s family hired a private practice lawyer and asked that his plea be withdrawn.
Pickle is one of about a dozen men snared in a Lee County Sheriff’s Office sting operation that used a trained deputy who pretended online to be a teenage female. Pickle alleges entrapment.