updated 5/29/2009 7:04:58 PM ET 2009-05-29T23:04:58

A federal jury in Texas convicted a San Antonio man of trying to sell his girlfriend's 5-year-old daughter to child pornographers in exchange for a used car and an apartment.

Forty-year-old Sean Michael Block could be sentenced to up to 30 years in prison following Friday's verdict.

The San Antonio Express-News reported that girlfriend Jennifer Richards testified that Block threatened her into complying with his plan to sell her daughter. The defense contended Block's was engaging in a sting operation aimed at the 25-year-old waitress.

The girlfriend previously pleaded guilty to similar charges in return for a 20-year federal prison sentence. Investigators said the couple were in contact with a purported buyer who turned out to be an FBI informant.

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