A Joplin, Mo., man has been sentenced to nearly 12 years in prison for attempting to have sex with a 3-year-old Ottawa County girl.

Thursday, a federal judge sentenced Jeffrey Cornell Lewis, 33, to 11 years and eight months in prison.

In October, Lewis pleaded guilty to making arrangements to have sex with a 3-year-old.

According to court records, a Fairland couple contacted local authorities in reference to online conversations, phone calls and text messages they had been having with Lewis for approximately seven months.

“The female complainant advised that she and her husband have an open relationship and she met Lewis on an adult Web site around Christmas of 2007,” said Ottawa County Undersheriff Bob Ernst.

The affidavit states that Lewis had been asking if the male complainant was interested in having sexual relations with a young girl.

Lewis allegedly told the couple he had “raped” a 13-year-old and commented that the minor would be available for sexual relations with the couple.

Lewis allegedly sent text messages to the female complainant stating he wanted to meet with her and the couple’s 3-year-old daughter for sexual relations.

After contacting authorities, arrangements were made for the female complainant to meet with Lewis in Miami.

While in route to Miami, a series of text messages where sent to the female complainant by Lewis describing explicit sexual acts he wanted to have with her 3-year-old.

When Lewis arrived at the motel, authorities were waiting to arrest him.

Lewis was ordered under supervision for seven years following his release from prison.