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Safford man gets 35-year prison term for planned sex assault

Posted: 2:14 PM, Oct 27, 2019
Updated: 2019-10-27 17:14:09-04
AMBER Alert issued for 12-year-old Safford girl

SAFFORD, AZ — A Safford man has been sentenced to 35 years in a federal prison for taking a minor across state lines with intent to assault her.

Prosecutors say 36-year-old Lawrence Halamek was convicted of one count each of transportation of a minor with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity and travel with intent to engage in illicit sexual conduct.

They say Halamek took the 12-year-old girl from a bus stop in Safford to a remote area of New Mexico in December 2016 with intent to sexually assault her.

Authorities found the girl with Halamek when the two were stopped while walking along a highway.

Halemek also was sentenced Oct. 15 to lifetime probation.

Tucson TV station KOLD says the judge noted Halamek had taken advantage of multiple vulnerable victims before.