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Kansas man tried to ‘buy’ 11-year-old girl. Prosecutor says he offered $250 and some meth.

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A Kansas man who allegedly offered to buy an 11-year-old girl with drugs and cash was indicted in Kentucky Tuesday on a human-trafficking charge by a Franklin County grand jury.

There was no actual girl for sale but Ernest Merle Anziana expressed an interest in buying a child as part of an undercover investigation of the Cyber Crimes Branch of the Kentucky Attorney General’s office, said Franklin Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Zach Becker.

Anziana, 48, of Fredonia, Kansas, was indicted on one count of promoting human trafficking.

The grand jury also indicted Anziana on five counts of unlawful use of electronic means to induce a minor to engage in illegal sexual activities. The electronic devices used to “procure” the girl included a cell phone and a tablet, Becker said.

Anziana initially sought to have sex with a child and that “evolved into a request to purchase the child,” Becker said. He said Anziana sought to buy the girl for $250 in cash and a quantity of crystal meth.

Becker said Anziana’s intent, in addition to having sex with the 11-year-old, “was to impregnate the 11-year-old and keep that child as well.”

Anziana is being held in Kansas, pending extradition to Kentucky, on a $250,000 bond. If convicted, Anziana faces up to 20 years in prison.

He was previously convicted of incest according to the online records of the Kansas Department of Corrections.

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