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Guilty plea in attempted coercion of teen

A California man pleaded guilty in federal court Monday to attempting to entice a minor over the Internet, in a case involving a Centerville girl.

Robert Davison, 41, entered a guilty plea before U.S. District Judge Dale Kimball. Davison was indicted in February of knowingly attempting to coerce a minor into engaging in sexual activity using interstate commerce, in this case, the Internet.

The indictment was filed against Davison after he spent June through November of 2008 carrying on graphic conversations with a 13-year-old Centerville girl, police said. Davison had met the girl through the online game "World of Warcraft" but began talking to her using Instant Messenger. Police were notified after the girl attempted to run away to meet the man in California, officials said.

The indictment carries with it a minimum sentence of 10 years in prison without parole and a maximum sentence of life in prison, Kimball said. Kimball said the man's guilty plea might lead to a reduced sentence because he accepted responsibility for what he did.

Prosecutors asked that Davison be given a psychosexual evaluation before the sentencing, which Kimball granted.

Sentencing for Davison was set for Dec. 17, but Kimball made a note to move it up if the evaluation can be completed before that time.

— Emiley Morgan