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(Springfield) – An Ava man who volunteered as a church youth leader was sentenced Friday in federal court for enticing minors for illegal sexual activity.

Tammy Dickinson, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, says that 23-year-old Brent “Pete” Turley was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Gary Fenner to 10 years in federal prison without parole.

On July 23, 2013, Turley pleaded guilty to using the Internet and a cell phone to attempt to entice a 14-year-old child victim to engage in illegal sexual activity. Turley, a youth leader at the church his victim attended, had been sending sexually explicit text messages. A law enforcement officer was using the child victim’s phone to investigate after the parents contacted authorities, and Turley made arrangements with the undercover officer to meet the child victim at a local park, where he was arrested on March 19, 2012.

Turley also pleaded guilty to a separate count of using the Internet and a cell phone to entice a second child victim to engage in illegal sexual activity. Turley admitted that he engaged in illicit sexual activity with a 15-year-old victim, using Facebook to arrange a meeting with the child victim at a softball field in Mansfield, where sexual contact was made.

Turley also admitted to law enforcement officers that he took a third, 14-year-old victim to see a movie at a theater in Mountain Grove in late 2010 or early 2011, and had sex with the child during the film.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney James Kelleher, and was investigated by the Southwest Missouri Cybercrimes Task Force and the Missouri State Highway Patrol.

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