Prosecutors in Texas say a former California police officer must serve 10 years in federal prison for trying to lure someone he thought was a child into having sex.
Chad Michael Bennett of Odessa was sentenced Wednesday in Laredo. The 42-year-old Bennett pleaded guilty in March to attempted enticement of a minor.
Authorities say Bennett in 2015 placed an ad on Craigslist, then communicated online and via cellphone with someone he thought was the mother of a 14-year-old girl interested in offering the child for sex.
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The person was an undercover officer.
Bennett in December 2015 flew from Odessa to Laredo to meet the girl and was arrested.
A U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement statement says Bennett formerly was an officer with police departments in San Diego and Murrieta, California.