Federal Prosecutors in Central New York say a Michigan man will serve 10 years in prison for traveling to New York for the purpose of having sex with a ten-year-old child.

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Officials with the United States Attorney’s Office, Northern District say 76-year-old Robert Hardin of Kalamazoo admitted he engaged in sexually explicit messages online and by text with an undercover officer her believed was the mother of a little girl before traveling to New York in August, expecting a sexual encounter with the child.

Hardin has been in custody since his arrest upon arrival in New York.

In addition to the ten-year prison sentence for the Kalamazoo man’s guilty plea, he is to serve 20 years on supervised post-release supervision and pay a $100 special assessment. Hardin is also required to register as a sex offender.


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