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Feds: Man gets prison for sex with girl he met through app

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Federal prosecutors say a man from Illinois is headed to prison for traveling to Connecticut to have sex with a 15-year-old girl he met through an online chess app.

According to the U.S. Attorney's office, Arturo Castro, 53, was sentenced Monday to 10 years behind bars.

Castro pleaded guilty back in June to use of an interstate facility to persuade a minor to engage in unlawful sexual activity.

Court documents say Castro began communicating with the girl around December 2013 through the "Chess with Friends" app.

Authorities say he used the app's chat option to ask the girl to send him explicit photos and videos of herself.

In 2014, prosecutors say Castro traveled to Connecticut and engaged in illicit sexual activity with the victim.

The Associated Press wire services helped contribute to this report.

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