Man sentenced to 10 years for soliciting a child online in Lee County
Posted: 10:40 AM, May 14, 2019
WFTX Digital Team
Joseph Francis Mainini was found guilty as charged with Traveling to Meet a Minor and Unlawful Use of a Two-Way Communication Device following a two day trial in Lee County. A jury came back with the guilty verdict last night.
LEE COUNTY, Fla. -- A Florida man was handed down his sentence Monday after being found guilty of traveling to meet a minor in May of last year.
29-year-old Joseph Mainini was sentenced to ten years in prison followed by 5 years of sex offender probation.
He also received a lifetime designation as a sexual offender.
The State Attorney’s Office says Mainini used text messaging apps to arrange to meet a person he believed to be a 14-year-old girl with the intent to engage in sexual activity, but was actually an undercover detective with the Lee County Sheriff’s Office.