A man who was arrested while waiting for a teen girl in the private shower room of a travel center in Marion County has been sentenced to 12 years in prison.
Joseph Ronald Ahre, 42, pleaded guilty Wednesday to charges of purchasing sex with a minor, online sexual corruption of a child, use of a child in a sex display and attempted use of a child in a sex display.
Ahre was arrested in June 2017.
Keizer police said Ahre believed he was communicating with a 16-year-old girl through text messages, but he was really interacting with a Keizer detective posing as a girl.
Ahre agreed to give money and marijuana to the girl in exchange for sexual activity at the travel center, according to investigators. He then made a payment using PayPal.
Police said the investigation began when they became aware of a prior incident of a sexual nature that Ahre had with a girl via Skype.
Detectives said Ahre admitted to having similar online contact with other girls, as well.
Along with 12 years in prison, Ahre was sentenced to three years post-prison supervision and he must register as a sex offender.
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