WEST JORDAN — A man who was placed on probation for a sexual battery last year was sentenced to prison Monday for a new offense.
Eli Timothy Sherman, 28, of Provo, was sentenced Monday to at least one and up to 15 years in prison for enticing a minor, a second-degree felony. He pleaded guilty to the charge in September, while an identical charge was dismissed.
Sherman was charged in June after police said he went online attempting to arrange sex with a 13-year-old girl, according to court documents. But the person he was messaging was actually an undercover officer from the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.
The undercover agent was reportedly responding to a post Sherman made on Craigslist, the charges state.
When the undercover agent told Sherman that he was a 13-year-old girl, Sherman replied, "I'll even hook up with you if you please don't tell anyone," according to court documents.Comment on this story
The two continued to communicate until Sherman told the girl he wanted to have sex with her and agreed to meet. When Sherman arrived at the designated place in West Valley City, he was greeted by task force agents and arrested.
At the time of his arrest, Sherman was serving two years of probation after pleading guilty in September 2016 to two counts of sexual battery, a class A misdemeanor. He was originally charged in that case with unlawful sexual conduct with a 16- or 17-year-old, a third-degree felony.
That case is now under review. A hearing is scheduled for Dec. 19.