BANGOR, Maine — A Parkman man was sentenced Friday in Penobscot County Superior Court to five years in prison with all but one year suspended for trying to set up a meeting with an 11-year-old girl he met last year in an online chat room.
Gordon D. Lovely, 23, also was sentenced to two years of probation and ordered to register as a sex offender for 10 years after his release, Michael Roberts, deputy district attorney for Penobscot County, said after the sentencing hearing before Superior Court Justice William Anderson.
The judge stayed imposition of the sentence until Monday.
Lovely pleaded guilty Friday to one count of solicitation of a child by a computer, a Class C felony that carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a maximum fine of $5,000. In a plea agreement with prosecutors, the more serious Class B felony charge of attempted gross sexual assault was dismissed, Roberts said.
A tip to Bangor police that an 11-year-old-girl was being asked online to meet an adult male led investigators to Lovely, the Penobscot County District Attorney’s Office said in January when Lovely was indicted by the Penobscot County grand jury.
A Bangor police detective posing as the girl, according to Roberts, took over the online conversations with Lovely. When Lovely showed up late last year expecting to meet the girl, he was arrested.