Norcross man gets 10 years in prison for trying to buy girl for sex

A Norcross man was sentenced to 10 years in prison Wednesday for trying to buy a 14-year-old girl for sex.

As part of his sentence, Carl Skow, 37, once released from prison, will have to register as a sex offender and will be supervised for the rest of his life, according to a news release from U.S. Attorney Sally Quillian Yates’ office.

Authorities say Skow posted an online ad offering a young girl money for sex in June 2011. An undercover agent responded to the ad and corresponded with Skow on several occasions about purchasing a juvenile girl from Guatemala, between June and July 6, 2011. Skow and the agent agreed on a price for the girl and agreed to meet at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport on July 6, according to the news release.

Skow paid a $1,250 deposit for a year’s worth of services and planned to pay the remaining $1,250 when he picked up the girl. He was arrested at the airport with the remaining money in his possession, authorities said.

“It is shocking that this defendant would endeavor to buy a young girl, imported from another country, as his personal sex slave,” Yates said. “Sex trafficking is a horrendous trade. Those who insist on preying on innocent people this way should expect jail in their future.”

Police searched Skow’s home after his arrest and found child pornography on his home computer and evidence that he prepared for the arrival of the girl. On one wall was a list of rules for the girl to follow, including that she would have sex with him when he chose, authorities said.

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