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BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – A Washington state man who authorities say traveled to North Dakota with the intention of having sex with a 17-year-old girl has been sentenced to more than seven years in prison.

Twenty-four-year-old Timothy Carnahan, of Longview, Washington, is charged in federal court with attempted transportation to engage in unlawful sexual acts with a minor.

Prosecutors say Carnahan answered a Craigslist ad for a young female escort. The ad was placed by a Bismarck police officer. Carnahan arranged to pick up the girl at a local shopping center, where he was arrested.

Carnahan has a prior sexual assault conviction from 2012 in Washington state. Judge Daniel Hovland ordered Carnahan to serve seven years and six months in prison, to be followed by 10 years of supervised release.