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Former NAS Pensacola sailor sentenced for traveling to have sex with teen

Photo: Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office

A former Navy sailor stationed in Pensacola was sentenced on Tuesday to 120 months in prison, followed by a lifetime of supervised release, after pleading guilty to attempted enticement of a minor for sex.

The U.S. Department of Justice said 32-year-old William Charles Huff Jr. began text messaging a 13-year-old girl back in October 2016. Huff knew the child from a church they both attended.

When the child's parents found the text messages, they told her to stop texting Huff and contacted law enforcement officers.

The child's parents gave permission for an undercover officer to assume her identity and take control of her cell phone.

In February 2017, Huff and the undercover officer began texting each other and later communicated through a shared email account that Huff set up.

During this time, Huff told the undercover officer about his sexual desires for the child. The officer indicated that the child would be going to Destin for spring break with a friend.

In March 2017, Huff drove from his home at the Naval Air Station (NAS) Pensacola to Destin and was arrested when he arrived at the meeting location.

The case was investigated by the Naval Criminal Investigative Service, the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office, the Walton County Sheriff’s Office, the Highlands County Sheriff’s Office, and the Beech Grove, Indiana, Police Department.

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