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He thought he was going to have sex with a 14-year-old. Now he’s going to prison.

Timothy Mark Poynter
Timothy Mark Poynter

A Lexington man thought he was going to meet a 14-year-old girl for sex at a Lexington hotel.

Instead he is going to prison for more than 10 years.

Timothy Mark Poynter II, 33, posted an ad on Craigslist, and two undercover officers responded to him. State police said last year that he was trying to find “someone young.”

One officer posed as the stepfather of a 14-year-old girl, and the other as the mother of an 11-year-old girl, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Poynter arranged to meet with the officer purporting to be the stepfather, and he was arrested by Kentucky State Police in the parking lot of a Clarion Hotel in Lexington on April 26, 2017.

In May, Poynter pleaded guilty in federal court, admitting that he had used the internet and his cell phone to “knowingly attempt to persuade, induce, entice, and coerce a minor, to engage in sexual activity,” according to the news release.

U.S. District Judge Joseph Hood sentenced Poynter to 150 months in federal prison. Under federal law, he will have to serve at least 85 percent of his sentence.

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