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      Missouri man sentenced in teen sex case

      Prosecutors say Ardrey met the 17-year-old girl online and took her from a library in Medfield, Massachusetts to a motel in West Greenwich in September.

      A Missouri man who took a teenage girl from Massachusetts to a motel in Rhode Island intending to sell her for sex has been sentenced to 14 years in prison.

      The judge at the sentencing Tuesday of 30-year-old Stephen Ardrey in federal court said the sentence was to send a message that sex trafficking in Rhode Island is taken seriously and punished severely.

      Ardrey, of Springfield, Missouri, previously pleaded guilty to trafficking a minor and transporting a minor to engage in sex.

      Prosecutors say Ardrey met the 17-year-old girl online and took her from a library in Medfield, Massachusetts to a motel in West Greenwich in September.

      Ardrey's lawyers argued for a lighter sentence because he witnessed his girlfriend's suicide when he was 16 and suffers from a mental illness.