September 3, 2014 at 11:55 pm

Prison for man who met west Mich. girl online

Grand Rapids — A California man accused of enticing a west Michigan girl over the Internet and taking her to Missouri has been sentenced to 17½ years in federal prison.

Joseph Arpin appeared Wednesday in Grand Rapids federal court, three months after pleading guilty to online enticement. Prosecutors said there were multiple sexual encounters.

The mother of a 12-year-old Allegan County girl reported her missing in October, saying she climbed out a bedroom window to be with Arpin.

Authorities said he drove across the country from San Jacinto, California.

Police eventually found them at a convenience store in Crestwood, Missouri. Defense lawyer Chris Gibbons said Arpin is remorseful and admits he “crossed social, moral, and legal boundaries.”