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Kansas man sentenced after attempting to buy Kentucky child online

Ernest Merle John Anziana
Ernest Merle John Anziana(WBKO)
Published: Oct. 23, 2018 at 2:20 PM CDT
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A Kansas man has been sentenced after trying to purchase a Kentucky child online.

An investigation by the Cyber Crimes Unit led officials to Ernest Merle John Anziana.

He was charged with unlawful use of electronic means coming from or received in Kentucky to induce a minor to engage in sexual activities along with promoting human trafficking.

The investigation began in 2018 when Attorney General Andy Beshear’s Cyber Crimes Unit obtained information that Anziana was attempting to solicit sex from an underage child in Kentucky and offered to purchase the child for $500 and 7 grams of methamphetamine.

“The details involved in this case are disturbing, yet our office encounters human trafficking cases in every county, city and community across Kentucky,” Beshear said. “Human trafficking represents the worst form of abuse, most often in children, like we have in this case. Every part of my office is committed to investigating and prosecuting predators seeking to harm our children and families. I want to thank our cyber investigators, the team at the Greenwood County Sheriff’s office, and the Franklin Commonwealth’s Attorney for prosecuting the case.”

Anziana was sentenced by the Franklin Circuit Court in Kansas to five years in prison, and designated as a lifetime sex offender .