A 39-year-old Huntley man will have to complete sex offender treatment after attempting to pay for sex with a fictional 14-year-old in 2020, a judge ruled Thursday.
Aaron Emil Angell was sentenced to the Department of Corrections for 15 years, with seven years suspended, or served on probation.
A DOC sentence can result in the defendant being placed in any setting from probation to prison, but also allows for placement in a prerelease or treatment facility. The department evaluates the individual and decides where to send them.
"Mr. Angell, this is human trafficking, and it's a significant problem in this day and age," said Yellowstone County District Judge Ashley Harada.
Angell pleaded guilty to a single count of sexual abuse of children. He was arrested in February 2020 after responding to an ad online selling sex with a 14-year-old.
The ad was posted by an undercover agent, posing as a man selling his daughter for sex, said Deputy Yellowstone County Attorney Sarah Hyde.
Hyde said the sting operation "put a stop" to Angell's actions, and that he was "going down a really dangerous path."
Hyde added that Angell was forthcoming with investigators and that he "looks as though he wants to make a change."
Angell declined to make a statement before being sentenced. He was designated a level one sex offender, which is the lowest of three levels and denotes a low risk for reoffending.
Angell has no criminal history.
Harada declined to follow the joint recommendation from the state and defense of a 15 year Department of Corrections sentence with 10 years suspended. She said more incarceration time was necessary.
Angell was also ordered to pay a $1,000 fine and complete all phases of sex offender treatment.