A Boyle County man has received the maximum sentence allowable for sexually exploiting a young relative.
Stephen Ray Meade, 53, admitted that in 2007, he directed the child to engage in a sexual act and sent at least one nude photograph of her to Marcus Hix, a Las Vegas man he had met online, according to a press release from the U.S. Attorney's office.
The men allegedly promised the girl a PlayStation game console if she would pose for the photographs.
U.S. Senior District Judge Joseph Hood sentenced Meade Monday to 262 months, or nearly 22 years, in prison.
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Hix has also pleaded guilty in connection with the case and is scheduled to be sentenced in September.