Tennessee man sentenced to 25 years in prison

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SPRINGFIELD - Authorities say a Nashville sex offender who allegedly traveled to Illinois with the intent of engaging in illicit sexual conduct with a minor has been sentenced to 25 years in prison.

U.S. Attorney Jim Lewis says Joseph Harrison, 38, was sentenced in federal court in Springfield, Illinois.  On December 5, 2014, Harrison was convicted of one count of enticement of a minor, two counts of travel with the intent to engage in illicit sexual conduct, and one count of committing a felony sex offense on a minor while being a registered sex offender.

Authorities say that from July 1, 2011 until January 20, 2012, Harrison allegedly used a cell phone and the Internet to contact an individual he believed to be 13 years old with the intent of engaging in sexual activity.  Authorities also say that Harrison allegedly traveled from Nashville, Tennessee to Champaign, Illinois on January 13, 2012 and January 17, 2012 for the purpose of engaging in any illicit sexual conduct with a minor.

Harrison was arrested on January 20, 2012, and has since remained in the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service.

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