Published: Mar 01, 2011 9:05 PM EST
Updated: Mar 01, 2011 6:06 PM EST

DAVENPORT, Iowa- Federal prosecutors say a Florida man accused of taking a 12-year-old Iowa girl back to Florida and having sex with her has pleaded guilty.

A news release from the office of U.S. Attorney Nicholas Klinefeldt in Iowa's Southern District says 27-year-old Justin Carter pleaded guilty on Monday to transportation of a minor with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity.

The release says Carter had been talking to the girl over an Internet chat room. He traveled to Muscatine to meet her last June, and they drove back to his home in Jacksonville, Fla.

FBI agents found him there. He directed agents to a nearby park, where they found the girl in a tent.

Carter's sentencing is set for July 8 in Davenport, Iowa.

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