A Springhill man could be looking at a lengthy prison sentence following his conviction Wednesday in 26th Judicial District Court for trying to arrange a sexual liaison with a juvenile.
Following a bench trial, 23-year-old Justin Green was found guilty by Judge John Robinson of computer solicitation of a minor. Green could be facing up to 20 years in prison at hard labor without benefit of parole, probation or suspension of sentence. He will also be required to register as a sex offender upon his release.
Assistant District Attorney Sherb Sentell, who successfully prosecuted the case, said the case "...involved a real 12-year-old girl. It's good to get a conviction and justice."
Sentell said Green solicited the 12-year-old via the Internet and was on his way to meet the girl when officers made the arrest.
"I want to commend the Springhill Police Department and the North Louisiana Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force for the way they investigated this case," Sentell said. "I especially want to thank (SPD) Det. Bryan Montgomery for the thorough job he did in the investigation and as a prosecution witness. His good police work helps make our streets safer for our children."
Green reportedly chose to have his case heard before a district court judge rather than a jury.
"The defendant chose to waive a trial by jury, then relied on a technical defense of trying to exclude evidence," Sentell said. "We successfully got all the evidence admitted before the judge."
Judge Robinson set April 25 for Green's sentencing date.