- Associated Press - Monday, May 5, 2014

ATLANTA (AP) - Federal prosecutors say an Alabama man has been sentenced to 14 years in prison for traveling to Georgia to have sex with young boys.

Authorities said Monday that 33-year-old Joseph Franklin Ellis of Attalla, Alabama responded to an online ad that was posted by an undercover FBI agent in February 2011. The posting advertised two boys, ages 5 and 12, who were available for sex.

Prosecutors say Ellis arranged to meet with the agent May 30, 2011 at a hotel in Ringgold, Georgia. Officials say Ellis tried fleeing officers and was arrested after he crashed his car during a pursuit. Ellis pleaded guilty to attempting to have sex with minors in February.

Authorities say Ellis must serve 20 years of supervised release after his sentence.

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