A Michigan man admits he traveled to Binghamton with the intent of having a sexual encounter with someone who he thought was an 11-year-old girl.

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Federal prosecutors say 76-year-old Robert Hardin of Kalamazoo will be sentenced next March and faces up to 30 years in prison.

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From July of this year through August, Hardin admits he exchanged sexually explicit messages with an undercover officer who had posed as the mother of the 11-year-old.  He further admits he traveled from Michigan to New York on August 24 with plans to have a sexual encounter with the girl in the Binghamton area.

In addition to time in federal prison, Hardin faces a fine of up to 250-thousand dollars and five years to life on probation. He will also be required to register as a sex offender.

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