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Peorian gets prison for computer crime

Source: PJStar.com
Date: November 03, 2003

Cyber Crimes PEORIA - A former Midstate College instructor was sentenced Friday to just shy of five years in prison for trying to solicit sex from a person he thought was a 15-year-old girl last year.

Joshua Parrott, 31, of 3315 N. Brook Lane also must pay $750 to the city of Peoria to cover the cost of the investigation.

Parrott apologized and told Chief U.S. District Judge Joe B. McDade that he suffered from a sexual addiction. He asked to be sent to a federal prison in North Carolina that treats sex addicts.

The 57-month prison sentence handed down was at the bottom of Parrott's sentencing range.

In May, Parrott waived indictment by a federal grand jury and pleaded guilty to one count of using the Internet to persuade a minor to have sex with him.

A Peoria police detective working with the U.S. Attorney's Central Illinois Cybercrime Unit posed as a 15-year-old in an Internet chat room and arranged to meet Parrott on Dec. 3 in the Club Horizon parking lot, 3300 W. Willow Knolls Drive, where he was arrested.

Parrott originally was charged in Peoria County Circuit Court with indecent solicitation of a child, but those charges were later dropped.

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