Tazewell County man gets 10 years in federal prison for using internet to arrange sex with child

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PEORIA (WEEK) – A federal judge has sentenced a Washington man to 10 years in prison for trying to lure a child into having sex with him.

After serving the prison sentence, Thomas R. Alt, 28, must spend 15 years on supervised release, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

A jury found Alt guilty following a trial last May. Prosecutors said they presented evidence at that trial showing Alt used the mobile app Grindr to arrange a sexual encounter with someone he thought was 15-years old.

“Today’s sentencing effectively ends Alt’s ability to sexually exploit children and underscores the FBI’s commitment to keep our children safe by going after those who seek to exploit their innocence online,” said FBI Special Agent in Charge David Nanz in a prepared statement.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation, Springfield Division, Illinois State Police, Peoria County Sheriff’s Office, and the Peoria Metropolitan Enforcement Group (MEG) investigated the case, according to a news release.

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