Man pleads guilty to five counts of interstate transportation of minors for sexual activity

Man pleads guilty to five counts of interstate transportation of minors for sexual activity

FORT SMITH, AR (KAIT) - A 65-year-old man pleaded guilty Tuesday in federal court to transporting minors for sex across state lines, federal prosecutors said.

Clarence C. Garretson of Van Buren pleaded guilty to five counts of interstate transportation of a minor with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity, according to United States Attorney Kenneth Elser.

Garretson, who was indicted Oct. 4 in northwest Arkansas, was investigated by the FBI after a minor told authorities she was raped by Garretson when he took her on a multi-state trip in 2014, Elser said.

Authorities were able to interview at least eight victims in the case, Elser noted, with victims talking to state investigators about the abuse.

Garretson will be sentenced at a later date.

He faces up to life in prison and a $250,000 fine on each count, officials said.

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