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Man pleads responsible to providing cash for intercourse with 14-year-old

Posted: May 3, 2021 / 4:32 PM EDTUpdated: May 3, 2021 / 4:32 p.m. EDT

BECKLEY, WV (WVNS) – A man pleaded guilty to offering money to have sex with children.

David Kemp pleaded guilty Monday to patronizing a sex trafficking victim. Kemp responded to a Craigslist ad to have sex with a 14 year old and an 11 year old in September 2020. Police officers were stationed where Kemp was supposed to meet with the Craigslist poster. Officials followed him and eventually stopped and arrested him.

Raleigh County’s prosecutor Ben Hatfield said this was a rare occurrence because they stopped a crime before anyone was victimized.

“What Mr. Kemp did was a crime, but we were able to prevent someone from actually getting hurt and a child from actually being hurt by Mr. Kemp,” Hatfield said.

Kemp will be sentenced in front of Judge Andrew Dimlich on July 8, 2021. He faces three to 15 years in prison.