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Man admits to sex with girl transported by his grandma, mom

March 5, 2019
This Dec. 12, 2017 booking photo released by Callaway County, Mo., Sheriff's Office shows Michael James Collins, who was was sentenced Monday, March 4, 2019, to 15 years in prison without parole for sex crimes involving a 13-year-old Alabama girl who was brought to Missouri by the his mother and grandmother. (Callaway County Sheriff's Office via AP)

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri man has been sentenced for sex crimes involving a 13-year-old Alabama girl who was brought to Missouri by the man’s mother and grandmother.

Twenty-two-year-old Michael James Collins was sentenced Monday to 15 years in prison without parole.

Investigators say Collins met the girl on a dating website in July 2017. At the time, he was a registered sex offender on probation for a previous conviction for sexual misconduct involving a child.

He admitted in November that he paid his grandmother $400 to bring the girl from Alabama to Missouri. His mother was with his grandmother when they picked up the girl.

Collins says he had sex with the girl in a van while the women were taking him to and from work and the Community Supervision Center in Fulton.