LITTLE ROCK — A Tennessee man previously accused of trafficking a Trumann girl was sentenced to 23 years in federal prison for porn he produced with the teen.

The girl’s parents reported her missing in late January 2018, according to previous Sun reporting. Investigators discovered that the teen was chatting with several men, including Craig Gillum, on social media.

Federal authorities say Gillum, 52, of Shelbyville, Tenn., sent explicit photos of himself to the girl and he solicited the same from her and received them. She was found in a Nebraska hotel room four days later with the man.

Police believed that Gillum was taking the girl to Minneapolis, the host city of the 2018 NFL Super Bowl, an event known to attract human traffickers.

Gillum was arrested by FBI agents and the girl was put into to Arkansas Department of Human Services custody. He was previously held in Poinsett County on several charges that included trafficking of persons, computer child pornography, directing a sexual performance of a child under 17 years old and transporting a minor for prohibited sexual conduct.

In an opportunity to nail Gillum with significant jail time, Second Judicial District Prosecuting Attorney Scott Ellington dropped the charges in state court and gave the case to federal prosecutors.

The Tennessee man was charged with two counts of production of child pornography and one count of receipt of child pornography. He pleaded guilty to one count of child porn production in August 2019, according to the United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Arkansas.

“This defendant manipulated a child into sending explicit images and then transported her out of the state to continue his depravity,” U.S. Attorney Cody Hiland said. “Fortunately, he will spend the next 23 years in prison, where he cannot harm another child. We will seek the same lengthy sentence for anyone who seeks to take advantage of children in our communities.”

In addition to his mandatory sentence of 280 months, Gillum is also slated for 10 years of supervised release after imprisonment.