Arizona man sentenced for sex crime

Published 6:06 pm Wednesday, September 27, 2017

TUCSON, Ariz. — A Sierra Vista man has been sentenced to 10 years in federal prison for trying to get a teenage girl to travel from Minnesota to Arizona and have sex with him.

Prosecutors said 23-year-old Matthew Demond Lyons also was sentenced Tuesday to 20 years of supervised release after he serves his prison term and was ordered to register as a sex offender.

Lyons previously pleaded guilty to attempted transportation of a minor with intent to engage in prostitution or any criminal sexual activity, aiding and abetting.

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Prosecutors said Lyons tried to get the 16-year-old girl to come to Arizona in January 2016 and bought her a bus ticket.

The teen boarded the bus in Minnesota and was en route to Arizona before authorities located her.