The other six men who pleaded guilty received an average of 27 months of probation but no prison time.
A closer look at the cases shows that sentences can depend on the circumstances, such as whether the defendants sent sexually explicit photos over the Internet or traveled to meet the "girl" for sex, or whether computer-aided solicitation was the only offense.
The Louisiana attorney general's office has been operating similar undercover stings and teaching local officers the procedures since the Legislature made computer-aided solicitation a crime.
Now, 128 local law enforcement agencies work under the state's high-tech crime unit, "Kenner being one of the first and one of the most dedicated," said Mike Johnson, the unit's director.
"We want to shut these people down," said Police Chief Steve Caraway, who took office in 2006 with a promise to crack down on cybercrime."We want people to know we're monitoring what goes on on the Internet," Caraway said.Caraway and other advocates of the law describe it as a preventive measure.They say that imprisoning people who arrange over the Internet for sex with those they think are minors stops them from actually sexually abusing children.
Kenner has one detective working full-time on its cybercrime unit, and other investigators help as needed, Caraway said.
In reality, his date was a special agent with the attorney general's office.