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Former mayor of Oregon town sentenced for online sexual corruption of a child

Kenneth Barrett was sentenced to 16 months on charges of Online Sexual Corruption of a Child and Unlawful Possession/Concealment of a Firearm. (Douglas County Jail and Douglas County Circuit Court)

ROSEBURG, Ore. - A man who invited a police officer posing online as a 14-year-old girl to "fly to the North Pole and visit Santa in his hot tub naked" while serving as the mayor of a small Oregon town will serve 16 months in prison.

Kenneth Barrett resigned as mayor of Winston, Oregon, after his arrest in 2017.

A court convicted Barrett earlier this month charges of online sexual corruption of a child and unlawful possession and concealment of a firearm.

Barrett will serve 16 months, with credit for time served.

Upon his release, he will be on 3-years post-prison supervision and required to register as a sex offender.

Barrett was one of several people caught in an online sting conducted by police in nearby Myrtle Creek. An officer posed online as a 14-year-old girl in the town about 13 miles south of Winston.

In a sworn statement of probable cause support Barrett's arrest, the officer wrote that the mayor referred to the girl as a "full grown beautiful sexy young lady"; expressed a desire to "fly to the North Pole and visit Santa in his hot tub naked"; and suggested a "road trip to Mars it is our job to populate the red planet just you and I building a new civilization in bed."

Barrett didn't dispute the accuracy of the officer's statement after his arrest but called the operation "entrapment."

"Everything that I said was led by a 14-year-old girl. It wasn't. It was all made up by a police officer," Barrett said at the time (interview below). "It wasn't a 14-year-old girl. It was a cop sitting behind a desk."

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