A Leavenworth man has been sentenced to more than five years in prison for electronic solicitation of a child, according to a prosecution official.

A Leavenworth man has been sentenced to more than five years in prison for electronic solicitation of a child, according to a prosecution official.

Raymond Soden, 67, was sentenced Tuesday in Leavenworth County District Court.

In August, Soden pleaded no contest to one count of electronic solicitation.

The crime reportedly occurred between Jan. 10 and March 19 when Soden was communicating with a 13-year-old girl through Facebook Messenger, according to County Attorney Todd Thompson.

During Tuesday’s sentencing, prosecutors argued for a prison sentence of 166 months, or 13 years and 10 months. Defense attorney Clinton Lee asked for probation.

District Judge Michael Gibbens granted what is known as a downward durational departure under state sentencing guidelines. The judge sentenced Soden to 70 months, or 5 years and 10 months, according to Thompson.

“We strive to never have children become part of the justice system,” Thompson said in a news release. “When that does happen, we will work to make sure those who hurt our children face justice.”