Missouri man gets 14 years in teen sex case

4 years 4 months 4 weeks ago Tuesday, July 15 2014 Jul 15, 2014 Tuesday, July 15, 2014 2:15:39 PM CDT July 15, 2014 in News
By: The Associated Press

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - A Missouri man who took a teenage girl from Massachusetts to a motel in Rhode Island intending to sell her for sex has been sentenced to 14 years in prison.

The judge at the sentencing Tuesday of 30-year-old Stephen Ardrey in federal court said the sentence was to send a message that sex trafficking in Rhode Island is taken seriously and punished severely.

Ardrey, of Springfield, Missouri, previously pleaded guilty to trafficking a minor and transporting a minor to engage in sex.

Prosecutors say Ardrey met the 17-year-old girl online and took her from a library in Medfield, Massachusetts to a motel in West Greenwich in September.

Ardrey's lawyers argued for a lighter sentence because he witnessed his girlfriend's suicide when he was 16 and suffers from a mental illness.

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