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CAMDEN, New Jersey: A New Jersey man who traveled to the Philippines to have sex with a minor was sentenced Wednesday (June 30. 2021) to nine years in prison, federal prosecutors said.

James Diggs, 45, of Somerville, will also have to serve five years of supervised release following his release from prison and must register as a sex offender. He had pleaded guilty in February to traveling outside the United States to engage in criminal sexual activity.

According to court documents and statements made in court, Diggs went to the Philippines in October 2018 to engage in sex with the child in exchange for money and gifts, knowing the victim was a minor.