PORTLAND (AP) – A New Hampshire minister who engaged in Internet sex chat with four teenage girls from Maine was sentenced Monday to eight years in prison followed by three years of supervised release.

Charles Gravenhorst, 46, was found guilty in U.S. District Court in Portland on March 26 of using a computer to entice four minors to commit a criminal sex act, six counts of using a computer to transmit obscene material to three minors, and using an Internet instant message system to transmit obscene images.

Gravenhorst was a well-known preacher who hosted a late night Christian television show on public access cable in Concord, N.H.

Prosecutors said he pretended to be a 19-year-old student in instant message conversations with four girls in southern Maine who were 14 and 15.

Gravenhorst used explicit sex conversations along with electronic images to try to convince them to meet him for sex.

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