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QUEENSBURY — A Queensbury man who pleaded guilty to a felony charge after being ensnared in a police sex sting that sought to root out people who wanted to have sex with a child was sentenced Wednesday to 18 months in state prison.

Gerald F. Harrington III, 36, of Queensbury, pleaded guilty in November to attempted second-degree rape in connection with his arrest last June after a joint police investigation. Warren County Judge John Hall directed he spend 10 years on parole after his release from prison, and fined him $1,000.

He was charged for a June 8 encounter with officers who had placed an online classified advertisement that offered a sexual encounter.

When people responded, they were offered a liaison that would include sex with a 14-year-old girl at a Queensbury motel, and 12 men who drove to the motel to partake of the offer were arrested, police said.

They were met by officers from the FBI, State Police and Warren County Sheriff’s Office instead.

At least two other suspects in the case have pleaded guilty, and charges are still pending against the others.

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