Man sentenced to 10 years for trying to have sex with minor

(WBIR) A federal judge sentenced an Alcoa man to 10 years in prison after an undercover operation busted him for trying to have sex with a minor.

James Amos Parker, 47, admitted he went online and tried to lure a 12-year-old to have sex with him. That 12-year-old happened to be undercover law enforcement officers. Officials arrested Parker when he showed up at a prearranged meeting spot to have sex with the person, whom he believed was a minor.

In February, Parker pleaded guilty to attempted enticement of a minor for sex. On Thursday, a federal judge sentenced Parker to 10 years, along with a supervised release up to 20 years. Parker will also have to register as a sex offender after he's released from prison.

Parker's arrest was part of the Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice.


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