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QUEENSBURY — A former downstate jail captain was sentenced to 18 months in state prison Friday for trying to have sex with an underage girl.

Thomas F. Abrams, 53, a former Westchester County Jail administrator, was sentenced in connection with a sting last spring in Queensbury that netted 11 other men on a variety of charges.

Police said he was one of 12 men who responded to an online advertisement last June for a “taboo” sexual encounter, and during online conversations with undercover officers, came north to a motel in Queensbury for sex acts that would involve adults and a 14-year-old child. All were arrested, and most have pleaded guilty and been sentenced to state prison.

Abrams retired from the Westchester County Department of Correction after his arrest, and the conviction will not affect his pension.

His lawyer, Andrew Safranko, said at the time of Abrams’ guilty plea last month that the case seemed to be “borderline” entrapment, as his client initially responded to an online ad that made no mention of involving a child.

Safranko also argued the sentence — which was part of a plea agreement — was “harsh” for someone with no criminal record and a history of public service.

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