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Associated Press, Published April 20 2013

Man convicted of transporting minor loses appeal

BISMARCK — An appeals court has upheld the sentence of Texas man convicted in North Dakota for attempting to transport a minor for criminal sexual activity.

Rodney Goodwin, of Dallas, was sentenced in May 2012 to more than 10 years in prison after a jury found him guilty of contacting an underage girl via social media and the telephone and convincing her to run away.

Authorities say Goodwin was unable to arrange for a bus ticket for the girl to travel to Texas and she eventually returned home.

The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals rejected Goodwin's claim that a judge made a mistake by denying a motion to dismiss the case because of insufficient evidence.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.