DeFUNIAK SPRINGS — State Attorney Bill Eddins has announced that a 42-year-old man was sentenced Thursday to 18 years in prison for sex crimes against a child.

Ismael Ramirez Estrada of DeFuniak Springs pleaded no contest Thursday to two counts of lewd and lascivious battery on a victim between 12 and 16 years old and one count of using a computer to solicit the sex from a child, according to a news release from the State Attorney’s office.

Walton County Circuit Judge Kelvin Wells sentenced Estrada immediately. When he is released from prison, Estrada will serve 12 years on sex offender probation and will be required to wear an electronic monitor, the news release said. He is to have no contact with the victim or any other minors, and will be required to register as a sexual offender for the rest of his life.

He could also be deported when he is released from prison.

The charges stem from November 2017 after the 14-year-old victim disclosed Estrada started to message her and pressure her to have sex with him. Estrada had sex with the victim at his home on multiple occasions, according to the news release.

She finally told her family, who then contacted law enforcement. Estrada admitted to the allegations when investigators interviewed him, the release said.

The Walton County Sheriff’s Office conducted the investigation with help from the Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center. Assistant State Attorney Jennifer A. Lieb prosecuted the case.