PITTSBURG — A Pittsburg man was convicted on child sex charges Tuesday afternoon in Crawford County District Court in Pittsburg.

As part of a plea agreement, Jerrad Spicer, 40, of Pittsburg pleaded no contest to one count of attempted aggravated indecent liberties with a child between the ages of 14 and 16.

Judge AJ Wachter found Spicer guilty and set sentencing for 9:30 a.m. April 11. As part of the plea agreement, a charge of electronic solicitation was dropped.

According to Assistant Crawford County Attorney John Gutierrez, Spicer was arrested as part of a sting operation by the Kansas Bureau of Investigation.

Gutierrez said in October of 2015, KBI Special Agent Beth Brooks responded to a Craigslist ad by Spicer seeking sex with underage females.

Brooks pretended to be a 14 year-old girl, and Gutierrez said in the ensuing conversations, Spicer repeated asked if Brooks was 14 and eventually set up a rendezvous at Meadowbrook Mall to have sex in which Spicer said he would “bring the condoms,” where he was arrested on Nov. 17, 2015.

Attempted aggravated indecent liberties with a child is a level 5 person felony and carries a penalty of between 30 and 136 months in prison, a fine of up to $300,000 and 24 months post-release supervision. As part of the plea agreement, the State has agreed not to oppose a motion for a dispositional departure to probation. Spicer will have to register as a sex offender for life.

— Patrick Richardson is the managing editor of the Pittsburg Morning Sun. He can be emailed at prichardson@morningsun.net, or follow him on Twitter @PittEditor.