By Jeff Lehr
JOPLIN, Mo. —
A judge sentenced a Carterville man to seven years in prison Monday on a conviction for enticement of a child in an Internet predator sting case.
Circuit Judge Gayle Crane assessed Charles E. Doennig, 35, the prison term at a sentencing hearing in Jasper County Circuit Court in Joplin.
The defendant pleaded guilty April 1 in a plea deal with the Jasper County prosecutor’s office that capped the prison time he might be assessed at 10 years. He had been facing the prospect of up to 30 years for the crime.
Doennig was arrested Aug. 16, 2011, in a sting operation of the Southwest Missouri Cyber Crimes Task Force.
The defendant made contact with a task force investigator posing as a 13-year-old deaf girl in an Internet chat. A probable-cause affidavit states that Doennig showed sexual interest in the girl and arranged to meet her in the parking lot of the Lowe’s store in Carthage.
When the defendant showed up at the designated place, task force agents arrested him. The affidavit states that he admitted to investigators that he had arranged the meeting online and went there in anticipation of a sexual encounter with an underage girl.
THE SOUTHWEST MISSOURI Cyber Crimes Task Force investigates online crimes in a 13-county region.