- Associated Press - Sunday, January 15, 2017

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - A judge has sentenced a man from Maine to 18 years in prison after he pleaded guilty to raping a Delaware girl he met online.

The News Journal reported (http://delonline.us/2ivHkFx ) Sunday that 36-year-old James Allen of Dresden, Maine, was arrested in 2015 when state troopers found him at a hotel in Georgetown with a 14-year-old girl who was reported as a runaway.

According to the newspaper, he pleaded guilty to three counts of third-degree rape and one count of sexual exploitation of a child.

The judge sentenced Allen to six months of work release and nine years of probation following his prison sentence. He must also register as a sex offender.

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Information from: The News Journal of Wilmington, Del., http://www.delawareonline.com

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