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.