A man caught in an online sex sting by Wakeman police was sentenced to six months in prison Tuesday.
Thomas E. Marquis, Jr., 27, of Bellefontaine, pleaded guilty in June to three counts of importuning. In exchange, the state agreed to dismiss three similar charges and four counts of disseminating matter harmful to juveniles.
Over a seven-month period, the defendant talked on an Internet chat room with someone he thought was a 14-year-old girl, but actually was Wakeman Police Officer Josh Rice. His investigation started in January 2007.