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Boyle man sentenced for exploiting relative

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.

Hix has also pleaded guilty in connection with the case and is scheduled to be sentenced in September.