At his sentencing on Tuesday afternoon Luke Lovell said he tried to have sex with a 13-year-old because he mixed alcohol with muscle relaxers.
“I ask that the state consider I was having some major medical issues that caused me to do something I have never done and will never do again,” he said.
The court didn’t buy it.
“This happened over a 10-day period,” Teton County District Court Judge Timothy Day said. “It isn’t credible to believe it is somehow something you couldn’t avoid because you were under the influence of something.”
At a hearing in January, Lovell said he did it because he was lonely.
The Pocatello, Idaho, man was sentenced Tuesday to serve supervised probation for one count of felony soliciting to engage in illicit sexual relations.
Under the sentence he will have to register as a sex offender.
Lovell turned himself into the Teton County Jail in June after police said they caught him trying to have sex with “Taya Parker” on Kik, a chat app. An undercover agent with the Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation was posing as Parker.
Lovell, 38, was planning to visit Teton County to have sex with Parker near the Tetons, records state.
Teton County Prosecutor Erin Weisman urged the court to send Lovell to prison.
“The things that Mr. Lovell wrote to Taya are upsetting,” Weisman said. “The details are disturbing and grotesque to say the least.”
Weisman said Lovell deserves enough punishment to ensure he doesn’t find a real victim.
“Mr. Lovell presents a danger to this community and any community where he lives,” Weisman said. “Seeking out a 13-year-old girl to solicit sexual intrusion including anal sex presents a real risk factor. Just one victim at all is one too many. His crime demands a sentence that is equal to what he did. The state doesn’t want another Taya, a real Taya.”
Lovell’s attorney Dick Mulligan said his client shows remorse for what he did.
Judge Day said he hopes supervised probation and appropriate treatment will put Lovell on a road to success.
“If you can’t follow probation and prove to be a risk to young girls then you deserve to be in prison,” Day said.