URBANA — A 23-year-old Crawfordsville, Ind., man was sentenced to 66 years in federal prison for sexual exploitation of a child, according to U.S. Attorney for the Central District of Illinois John E. Childress.

Nehemiah Lafoe also traveled to Vermilion County to engage in sexual activity with a minor. He was sentenced to three consecutive sentences of 22 years each for a total of 66, according to information from Childress' office.

If he serves his sentence to term, Lafoe will be 89 years old when released. He must remain on supervised release for the rest of his life.

In January, Lafoe pleaded guilty to two counts of sexual exploitation of a child and one count of travel with intent to engage in illicit sexual conduct.

Last year, he admitted to enticing a minor to engage in sexually explicit conduct to produce an image of the conduct and to transmit the image in interstate commerce on two occasions. Lafoe further admitted he traveled from Indiana to Illinois for the purpose of engaging in sexual acts with a minor.

According to documents filed with the court, Lafoe communicated with the minor through a popular social networking application.

Cases regarding child exploitation and child pornography offenses are a part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov.