SOUTHINGTON - A Plainville man has been sentenced to more than two years in prison for trying to meet with a young girl - actually an undercover police detective - in Southington to have sex with her.
Charles Stone, 38, of West Main Street, was communicating online with a state police detective posing as a preteen girl in November 2016 when he arranged a meeting, according to state police.
Stone on Tuesday was sentenced to 10 years in prison, suspended after 28 months, and 10 years of probation.
He had pleaded guilty at a previous hearing to one count of attempted second-degree sexual assault under the Alford doctrine, meaning he disputed some of the allegations but acknowledged he would likely be convicted at trial.
Charges of patronizing a prostitute, trafficking in persons, weapons in a motor vehicle and attempted risk of injury to a minor were dropped.
According to state police, the Computer Crimes Unit initiated an investigation into the patronizing and solicitation of preteen sex-trafficking victims in 2016. Stone, police said, communicated over the internet with an undercover officer to arrange to have sex with a preteen girl.
At the time of his arrest, police said, Stone had a dangerous weapon, but investigators did not elaborate further.
Stone on Tuesday said he was “incredibly sorry” and that it will not happen again.
As part of the conviction, he will have to register as a sex offender for 10 years.
Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or firstname.lastname@example.org.