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Lucedale man sentenced after underaged sex chat

MOBILE, AL (AP) - A Mississippi man who drove to Alabama have sex with a teenager and used the Internet to have explicit conversations with young girls will spend 10 years in prison.

Kenneth Parnell was sentenced in a Mobile federal courtroom Friday. The 39-year-old Lucedale man pleaded guilty in September after admitting communicating with what he thought was a 13-year-old girl in an Internet chat room in August 2008.

In reality, he was trading instant messages with an undercover Mobile police officer. After three days of contact, Parnell arranged to meet the girl in Mobile for sex.

Transcripts of their conversations in an online chat room show that Parnell asked the officer to meet him that weekend and told her the "kind of fun" he wanted to have was sex.

Three minutes later, according to a written plea agreement, he asked her again how old she was.

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