Fourth Sex Sting Suspect Sentenced in Flathead District Court

Karl Cilroy Wortley received a 15-year suspended sentenced on Sept. 24

By Justin Franz

A Kalispell man was given a 15-year suspended sentence to the Montana State Prison after pleading guilty to sexual abuse of children.

Karl Cilroy Wortley, 35, appeared in Flathead County District Court on Sept. 24, more than a year after he and five other local men were caught in a sex-sting run by the Montana Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. As part of his sentencing, Wortley will register as a level I sex offender and he was given credit for time served.

According to court documents, Wortley responded to an ad placed online by undercover agents saying he wanted to help a young girl lose her virginity. Agents reported sending him a photo of what appeared to be a 12-year-old girl.

Charging documents allege that Wortley sent sexually explicit messages about the girl, and that he indicated he would bring condoms to meet her. On Aug. 19, 2014, agents texted him an address in Flathead County, where officers confronted him and found condoms in his pocket. Wortley allegedly admitted to going to the residence for sex with the girl.

Wortley initially denied the allegations, but earlier this year he pleaded guilty.

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