Associated Press - June 30, 2010 8:05 AM ET
WOBURN, Mass. (AP) - A Virginia man convicted of traveling to Massachusetts to help a 12-year-old girl he met on the Internet run away so he could have sex with her has been sentenced to serve 2 1/2 years in jail.
Daniel O'Brien, of Richmond, was also sentenced Tuesday in Middlesex Superior Court to five years of probation. He was given credit for eight months spent behind bars since his arrest.
He was convicted earlier this month of attempted kidnapping and child enticement.
Prosecutors say he traveled to Littleton last November to meet the girl, and intended to bring her back to Virginia and have sex with her. The 33-year-old O'Brien was arrested as he stepped off a train.
O'Brien's lawyer argued that because he never met the girl, he did not commit a crime.