Kansas Man, 43, Sentenced in OK Sex Sting

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) _ A federal judge sentences a Kansas man to more than 11 years in prison for trying to arrange a sexual encounter with a 14-year-old girl in Oklahoma.

Forty-three-year-old Lawrence Paul Mai pleaded guilty in Oklahoma City to travel with intent to engage in illicit sexual conduct, a felony. Mai remains on home confinement in Salina.

Mai and more than a dozen other men were caught in a sex sting by police in Walters, Oklahoma. Authorities said each of them traveled to the town to have sex with a person they thought was an underage girl they met on the Internet.

The girl was an undercover officer.

Mai admitted he made a "bad decision'' and in court Thursday begged the judge for a sentence short enough to allow him to continue counseling. But the judge the seriousness of the crime warranted serious punishment.

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