A former state Department of Health worker accused of trying to have sex with a minor is headed to prison.
Brandon Prall, 33, pleaded guilty in August to a charge of attempted commercial sex abuse of a minor. Pierce County Superior Court Judge Michael Schwartz sentenced him Thursday to just under a year and four months behind bars.
That’s what prosecutors and Prall’s attorney, Brad Meryhew recommended.
“For him, the greatest loss here is probably his career,” Meryhew told Schwartz.
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Prall was arrested after he asked a person who ended up being a police informant on Backpage.com to arrange sex with an underage girl.
Instead of the 14-year-old he was expecting, police showed up at a Lakewood hotel in December and arrested him.
At the time, records showed Prall was a health services consultant for the state who worked with programs that involved children.
“I can’t say how truly sorry I am for the mistake that I made,” he said at sentencing.
He said he’d been in treatment for about four months, and was getting a lot out of it.