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October 24, 2014 at 5:32 PM

Man who tried to buy sex from teen sentenced to 16 months

Tyler Williams, a 27-year-old Iraq war veteran who was featured in a Times story last week about local efforts to reduce demand for prostitution, was sentenced Friday to nearly 16 months in prison following his conviction last month for attempted commercial sex abuse of a minor.

Williams, who posted an ad seeking sex with “a hot teen” in August 2013, ended up trading emails with an undercover Seattle police detective and was arrested when he showed up at a South Seattle fast-food restaurant with $100 and condoms, intending to have sex with who he thought was a 15-year-old girl.

In addition to his prison sentence, Williams was ordered to attend a sex-buyer intervention program, continue sex-offender treatment, and register as a sex offender for 10 years. He is also to pay more than $1,675 in fines and is to turn himself in to begin serving his sentence on Dec. 1.

“I know what I did was wrong, abhorrent even,” Williams said, adding in hindsight he probably should have accepted a plea offer that would have meant spending eight months in the King County Jail.

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