An Ohio man accused of using the internet to lure a 14-year-old girl into a sexual relationship and controlling her for months while he was electronically monitored from an earlier abduction case was sentenced to more than 13 years in prison.
Twenty-two-year-old Cody Lee Jackson was sentenced Wednesday in federal court in Cincinnati. He pleaded guilty last May to coercion and enticement of a minor.
Charges of production of child pornography and transfer of obscene matter to minors were dismissed under the plea deal.
Messages seeking comment were left for Jackson's attorneys.
Defense attorney Candace Crouse said in a document filed before sentencing that Jackson has always denied allegations he kidnapped, raped and held the girl against her will and maintains they were in a consensual relationship.
This undated file photo provided by the Salt Lake County Jail in Salt Lake City shows Cody Lee Jackson of Ohio. Jackson was sentenced Wednesday to more than 13 years in prison. He pleaded guilty last May to coercion and enticement of a minor
Crouse also said Jackson has been previously diagnosed with 'multiple mental health illnesses' and never received proper treatment.
Federal prosecutors said in a document filed before sentencing that Jackson made a practice of seeking out 'young women for sexual gratification' and abused and controlled them.
Court documents say Jackson contacted the teenager who was then 14 through Facebook in 2015.
At the time he was facing charges in an unrelated abduction case from the year before and was being electronically monitored.
While still being monitored,