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Texas man halted at Alex Bay on sex charge sentenced to 8 years in prison

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A Texas man was sentenced Wednesday to more than eight years in federal prison for trying to travel through the Alexandria Bay port of entry to Canada to engage in sexual activity with a minor.

Vincent P. Alexis, 46, Elgin, Texas, was sentenced in U.S. District Court, Syracuse, to 97 months in federal custody after an April 26 guilty plea to attempted travel in interstate or foreign commerce with intent to engage in illicit sexual conduct. He was also ordered to undergo 15 additional years of supervision upon his release from prison.

According to a plea agreement filed with the court, Mr. Alexis was attempting to travel to Kingston, Ontario, in July 2011 to meet a 17-year-old boy whom he had befriended through an online video game when the boy was 13. Canada Border Services Agency denied his entry into Canada after reviewing text messages on his cellphone, which were between Mr. Alexis and the youth and were sexual in nature, according to the plea agreement.

When Mr. Alexis was returned to the United States, he was searched by U.S. customs agents, who claimed he had deleted the text messages before arriving at the border. According to the plea agreement, Mr. Alexis admitted that he had traveled from Austin, Texas, to Canada to see the boy and that he would have paid for sex with the boy.

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