- Associated Press - Monday, March 23, 2015

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - A southeast South Dakota man accused of soliciting sex from two 13-year-old girls has pleaded guilty to a federal charge.

The Argus Leader reports (https://argusne.ws/1Bb2Zpw ) 25-year-old Elijah Wilson entered his guilty plea Monday to travel with intent to engage in illicit sexual conduct. Prosecutors in exchange dropped a commercial sex trafficking charge.

The Sioux Falls man was arrested in March 2014 when authorities conducted an undercover operation targeting sex traffickers.

Prosecutors say Wilson responded to an online ad offering a “unique weekend opportunity” with two girls. Authorities then sent Wilson age-regressed photos of female officers who were described as being 13 years old.

Wilson was eventually arrested and told police he was trying to hire the girls to take them to Iowa.

Wilson faces up to 30 years in prison.

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Information from: Argus Leader, https://www.argusleader.com


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