- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 27, 2016

WHITE RIVER JUNCTION, Vt. (AP) - A Vermont man who pleaded guilty to charges he tried to lure a 14-year-old girl by buying and mailing her lingerie is headed to prison.

Twenty-two-year-old Shawn Ellison of Chester was sentenced Monday in White River Junction to seven to 12 years in prison with all but two suspended. He must enroll in a program for sexual offenders in the fall.

He pleaded guilty earlier this year to charges including sexual exploitation of a minor by attempted luring.

Prosecutors say Ellison tried to entice young girls into sexual situations online. Authorities say Ellison told investigators he chatted with about 50 underage girls in 2014. A girl’s mother intercepted a package of underwear that was mailed to her daughter in December 2014.

Ellison’s attorney says his client’s crimes were “hands-off” offenses.

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