By Associated Press - Wednesday, September 3, 2014

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) - A California man accused of enticing a western Michigan girl over the Internet and taking her to Missouri has been sentenced to 17 ½ years in federal prison.

Joseph Arpin appeared Wednesday in Grand Rapids federal court, three months after pleading guilty to online enticement. Prosecutors say there were multiple sexual encounters.

The mother of a 12-year-old Allegan County girl reported her missing in October last year, saying she climbed out a bedroom window to be with Arpin.

Authorities say he drove across the country from San Jacinto, California.

Police eventually found them at a convenience store in Crestwood, Missouri. Defense lawyer Chris Gibbons says Arpin is remorseful and admits he “crossed social, moral, and legal boundaries.”



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