31-year-old Tampa man, Justin Scott Hunt, was sentenced last week to 12 years and 8 months in federal prison for attempting to entice a minor to engage in sexual activity and attempting to transfer obscene material to a minor. 

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A jury found Hunt guilty on March 21, 2019.

According to court documents, Hunt engaged in six months of online conversation with someone he believed to be a small child and the child’s mother.  In reality, he was talking to an undercover agent. On numerous occasions, Hunt requested to meet the child and described, in graphic detail, the sex acts that he planned to engage in with the child.

“This predator intended to rape a young child,” said  Homeland Security Investigations Tampa Assistant Special Agent in Charge Micah McCombs. “Instead, he was stopped in his tracks by HSI special agents and will now be held accountable for his crimes.”