DeFuniak Springs, Fla. - On Thursday, the former little league coach, Jason Cody Hughes pled no contest to a list of charges for the desire to have sex with a child.
"Taking a plea and pleading to 40 years is a huge success for us. Especially, for someone who did so much damage to such a young child," said Corey Dobridnia, WCSO Public Information Officer.
In August of 2016, 27-year-old, Jason Cody Hughes contacted a mother via Facebook, trying to get her to provide her daughter for sex in exchange for money.
"We put together an undercover sting and basically caught him in the act. Through that investigation, we discovered a lot more things along the way," said Dobridnia.
As investigators dug further into the case, more charges were filed, such as Lascivious Molestation of a victim less than 12 years of age and Possession of Child Pornography.
Hughes was sentenced to 40 years in the Department of Corrections on Thursday.
"You're talking about a man who preys on kids and for us, putting him away for 40 years, is a good start for us and it's a start for the family to be able to move forward," explained Dobridnia.
Hughes admitted that he was the one, soliciting the moms for their children and that he had sent an image of child pornography to the undercover officer during the chat.
"It's all come to into fruition for the family. They don't have to suffer anymore and that's really all we care about. He took a plea and it ends here," said Dobridnia.
The local family can now have closure as the former little league coach will be locked up for the next 40 years.
After he serves four decades in prison, Hughes will be on sex offender probation and classified as a sexual predator.
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