RICKIE LEE HOYLE JR.
GREENEVILLE — As he spoke at his Wednesday sentencing hearing in U.S. District Court, Rickie Lee Hoyle Jr. admitted to Judge J. Ronnie Greer that he did send inappropriate text messages to a boy last year, but said he never touched or attempted to touch the boy and did not offer the boy money to engage in illegal sexual activity.
However, Greer said Hoyle's text messages sent to the boy in the days prior to his May 2013 arrest "removed all doubt" of his intent to engage in sexual activity with the child.
Hoyle, 41, Johnson City, was sentenced to serve 121 months in jail to be followed by 20 years of supervised release at Wednesday's hearing. In January, Hoyle agreed to plead guilty to one count of using a facility or means of interstate commerce to knowingly persuade, induce, entice or coerce a minor to engage in sexual activity.
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