Chief U. S. District Judge John Preston Bailey this week sentenced Mark Loring Dawson to 108 months in federal prison for traveling across state lines to have sex with a 14-year old girl in Sardis.
U.S. Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld II said Dawson, 52, of Charleston, had been convicted of travel in interstate commerce with the intent to engage in illicit sexual conduct.
Ihlenfeld said Dawson admitted that he drove to Sardis and picked up a minor female and then transported her to a hotel in New Martinsville and engaged in sexual activity with her on multiple occasions in 2012 and 2013.
Dawson acknowledged that he misrepresented his age to the victim while chatting with her on a social media website and that he claimed to be much younger than his actual age.
Upon his release, Dawson will be required to register as a sex offender, and will be under the supervision of the U.S. Probation office for the rest of his life.
He remains in the custody of the U.S. Marshal Service until he is placed in a prison.
The case was prosecuted by U.S. Attorney Ihlenfeld and was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the New Martinsville Police Department.