Pickett sentenced to 14 yearsPublished 4:30pm Thursday, August 29, 2013
An Elmore County man was sentenced to 14 years in jail after pleading guilty to trying to entice someone, who he believed to be 14 years old, to engage in sexual activity.
Larry Joseph Pickett Jr., 39, was sentenced in federal court in Birmingham in June.
Sometime between Dec. 9 and Dec. 20, 2012, correspondence from Pickett to an undercover agent was initiated through an Internet advertisement.
Pickett believed he was communicating with a 14-year-old girl.
During the conversation, Pickett emailed the person asking for a nude picture of the person and he would respond in kind.
In further correspondence with the agent, Pickett continued to try to entice the girl to engage in sexual activity.
He also continued conversations via phone texts.
After several days of texts and emails Pickett arranged to meet who he thought was a 14-year-old girl in Shelby County.
According to federal court records, Pickett also thought he was having a conversation with a 13-year-old girl.
Like the 14-year-old he began to have conversations of a sexual nature with the person who he believed to be 13.
After setting up the meeting, he arrived in his truck and was later stopped by law enforcement.
A search was later conducted and the emails and texts were found on his phone.
Pickett entered a guilty plea and was sentenced to one count of enticement of a minor.
In addition to the 168 months in jail, Pickett will have to register as a sex offender and will be under supervised release for 240 months.