Aurora man sentenced to federal prison for sex crime against minor

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AURORA | An Aurora man was sentenced last week to more than a decade in federal prison for committing a sex crime against a minor, according to a news release from the U.S. Dept. of Justice in Connecticut.

Nathaniel Smith, 30, was sentenced April 7 in Hartford by U.S. District Judge Michael P. Shea to serve 13 years in federal prison, followed by 15 years of supervised release, for enticing a minor to engage in sexual activity.

According to court documents and statements made in court, Smith in January 2016 used his cell phone and internet-based messaging and video chatting services, including Kik and Skype, to entice a 13-year-old female to engage in sexual activity. On Jan. 25, 2016, Smith was arrested in New London, Connecticut after he traveled from Colorado to meet the girl.

Smith pleaded guilty on Dec. 13, 2016 to one count of enticement. He had been detained since his arrest.

The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, New London Police Department and Connecticut State Police, and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Nancy V. Gifford.