A 24-year-old Knoxville man was sentenced to 19 years in prison Thursday in federal court in Cleveland for traveling from Tennessee to Ohio to sexually exploit a 14-year-old Massillon girl.
David K. Turner pleaded guilty last year to charges of sexually exploiting a minor, distributing a visual depiction of a minor engaged in sexually explicit conduct, coercing and enticing a minor and traveling with the intent to engage in illicit sexual conduct.
Acting U.S. Attorney Carole Rendon said in a news release that Turner enticed the teen to perform sex acts on camera and then planned to take her across the country “in the hope of further exploiting her.”
“If not for the timely intervention of local law enforcement, a greater tragedy would almost certainly have occurred,” Rendon said.
The Canton and Massillon police departments and FBI’s Canton office investigated.