Man found guilty of attempting to solicit minor

URBANA - A central Illinois jury has found a Tennessee man guilty of enticement of a minor and travel with the intent to engage in illicit sexual conduct.

U.S. District Attorney James Lewis say Joseph Harrison, 37, was also found to be a convicted sex offender at the time the incidents were committed.

Authorities say during the trial, the government presented evidence that between July 1, 2011 and January 20, 2012, Harrison used a cell phone and the internet to contact an individual, whom he believed to be 13 years old, in order to engage in sexual activity.  Authorities also say the jury heard evidence that Harrison traveled from Nashville, Tennessee to Champaign, Illinois on two occasions for the purpose of engaging in sexual conduct with a minor.

Harrison has remained in the custody of the U.S. Marshal's Service since his arrest in Tennessee on January 20, 2012.  He is scheduled to be sentenced on April 6, 2015.

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