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Man sentenced to prison for traveling to have sex with minor

May 28, 2016

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A Rhode Island man has been sentenced to prison for traveling from his workplace in Massachusetts to have sex with a person he believed to be a 14-year-old girl.

Authorities say Scituate resident Randy Collins was sentenced Thursday to two years behind bars followed by 10 years of probation.

Collins pleaded guilty March 10, 2015, to interstate travel with intent to engage in illicit sexual conduct.

Prosecutors say the 44-year-old Collins answered an advertisement on Craigslist posted by an undercover state police officer posing as a 14-year-old girl seeking an iPhone. Prosecutors say Collins offered to provide the iPhone in exchange for sex.

Collins left his workplace in Franklin, Massachusetts, on September 2, 2015, to meet the girl in Rhode Island. State police arrested Collins when he arrived in Cranston.

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