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Judge declares Boardman man a sex offender

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One of the ten men caught in an undercover sting targeting men looking for underage sex partners has been convicted and sentenced.

Mahoning County Common Pleas Judge Maureen Sweeney found 24-year-old Kyle Malice of Boardman guilty of importuning and attempted unlawful sexual contact with a minor after he pleaded no contest to the charges on Thursday.

Investigators say Malice was charged after he allegedly tried to solicit sex from an undercover officer he believed to be a thirteen-year-old boy.

Malice was immediately sentenced to 150 days in the county jail, three years probation, and ordered that he register as a Tier Two Sex Offender.

Charges of possessing criminal tools were dropped. Authorities charged suspects with the criminal tool violation for using cell phones to make arrangements for encounters with their alleged victims.

Malice and nine other men were arrested in February after an undercover investigation conducted by the Mahoning Valley Human Trafficking Task Force and other agencies targeting adults looking for sex from children.

Mahoning County Sheriff Jerry Greene alleges that the men exchanged online messages with undercover agents posing as children as young as 12.

Under Ohio law, importuning is the solicitation of someone for sex acts.

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