Court upholds Kansas man's sentence for texting teen for sex

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A Hutchinson man sentenced to over 19 years in prison for electronic solicitation and violation of the Kansas offender registration act has lost his appeal.

The Kansas Court of Appeals on Friday affirmed the conviction for 59-year-old Steven Peterman, the Salina Post reports. He was convicted of texting with a Reno County detective who posed as a 15-year-old.

Police arrested Peterman in February of 2014, when he was waiting to pick up an underage girl in the parking lot of the Hutchinson Mall. Prosecutors alleged he intended to assist the girl in running away from home and to teach her sex.

In his appeal, Peterman claimed the court erred in not allowing at trial his theory that he was entrapped. The state argued that there was no entrapment.

Peterman had already served prison time for convictions of attempted rape and electronic solicitation of a child.

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