SOUTHINGTON — A local man has been sentenced to more than two years in prison after police said he attempted to meet up with a pre-teen for sex in 2016.
Charles Stone, 36, of 92 W. Main St., Apt. 8, was sentenced Tuesday in Bristol Superior Court to 10 years in prison, suspended after he serves 28 months, followed by 10 years probation.
He previously pleaded guilty to attempt to commit second-degree sexual assault. Stone was arrested on Nov. 16, 2016 and charged with criminal attempt at second-degree sexual assault and risk of injury to a minor, patronizing a prostitute, trafficking in persons and weapons in a motor vehicle.
In 2016, the state police computer crimes unit initiated an undercover investigation into the solicitation of "pre-teen sex trafficking victims."
Stone responded to an internet ad placed by state police detectives and attempted to meet with a pre-teen in Southington to have sex, state police said. He was in possession of a dangerous weapon when he was arrested, police said.