A southwest Missouri man who met a 13-year-old girl through the anonymous chat app Whisper has been sentenced to 12 years in prison for statutory rape

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JOPLIN, Mo. (AP) — A southwest Missouri man who met a 13-year-old girl through the anonymous chat app Whisper has been sentenced to 12 years in prison for statutory rape.

The Joplin Globe reports that 26-year-old Timothy Bailey Jr., of Joplin, admitted Wednesday to the crime under a plea in which other child sex charges were dropped.

Police said he contacted the girl in June 2017, initially through Whisper. Bailey had sex with the girl at his residence and was arrested the following morning after police issued an endangered person advisory for her.

He was free on bond at the time for attempting to have sex with a 15-year-old in 2015. He’ll be allowed to serve the new sentence at the same time as the four-year sentence he’s currently serving for the earlier case.

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Information from: The Joplin (Mo.) Globe, http://www.joplinglobe.com