Anchorage, Alaska (KINY) -Danny Ray Lowe, 50, received 16 years in federal prison for two counts of attempted sex trafficking of a minor and two counts of attempted enticement of a minor.
U.S. Attorney Bryan Schroder said Lowe was convicted at a trial last July.
Court documents said Lowe responded to an online advertisement placed by a detective working an undercover operation. Over a six-month period, Lowe corresponded with the detective using text messages to negotiate the time, place and price to have sex with two fictional girls, ages 13 and 14.
He agreed to meet the fictional girls at an Anchorage motel on September 12, 2017, and agreed to pay $150 for two hours of illegal sex with the two minors. When he arrived at the motel room door he was arrested by local and federal officers.
Lowe later claimed that he was attempting to rescue the children rather than trying to buy sex with them.
This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child exploitation and abuse launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice.