A Butte district judge sentenced Robert Coffey to 25 years in the state prison with 17 of them suspended Thursday for soliciting sex from a police officer posing as a 14-year-old girl.
Coffey, 33, of Anaconda was arrested on Sept. 4, 2015, in a parking lot near East Middle School during school hours, where he believed he was to meet a teenage girl for sex. He had a condom with him, according to reports.
The “girl” Coffey had been texting for over two weeks was actually an undercover Butte police detective with the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, who baited Coffey after seeing an online posting of his.
Judge Kurt Krueger’s sentence concurs with the pre-sentencing report recommended by the county attorney’s office.
Coffey will receive credit for the 454 days he has already spent in the Butte jail and must complete treatment before being released from prison.
The pre-sentence report said that during the incident Coffey was high on marijuana, which he has smoked since age 9.
Coffey must register as a Tier II sex offender, which lists him as at a moderate risk for recidivism.