St.Louis Man Sentenced to 12 Years In Prison For Enticing Illinois Minor, Traveling to Engage in Illicit Sexual Conduct

St.Louis Man Sentenced to 12 Years In Prison For Enticing Illinois Minor, Traveling to Engage in Illicit Sexual Conduct

Earlier today,  Joseph  L.  Hughes,  a/k/a  “Joe  King,”  29,  of  St.  Louis, Missouri, was sentenced to 149 months in prison for enticing a 14-year old girl to engage in sex and traveling across state lines to have sex with her. Hughes committed the offenses in late 2018 and pled guilty to the three-count federal indictment in October 2020. According to court filings,  Hughes and the minor victim used  Facebook  Messenger to communicate. Hughes later traveled from St. Louis to the girl’s home in Belleville, Illinois, to have sex with her on Nov. 24, 2018, and Dec. 8, 2018. As part of his guilty plea, Hughes admitted that the victim told him her age right away, and that he knew what he did was against the law.

Hughes’s sentence includes a five-year term of supervised release and a $300 fine.

The case was investigated by the  FBI,  the  Belleville  Police  Department,  the  St.  Clair County Sheriff’s Department, and the St. Louis County Police Department, with assistance from the  St.  Clair  County  States  Attorney’s  Office.  Assistant  United  States  Attorney  Angela  Scott prosecuted the case.

Senior editor of the Chicago Morning Star

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