LAS VEGAS – Following a two-day jury trial, a local man was convicted today of using the internet to knowingly persuade, induce and entice a minor girl to engage in sexual activity with him during March 2013.
Sergio Torres, 34, of North Las Vegas, was convicted of one count of coercion and enticement and is scheduled to be sentenced on Oct. 6, 2014, at 10:30 a.m. Torres faces a minimum of 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000 on each count.
“As this case warns, there are predators lurking openly on the internet seeking children and minors for sex,” said U.S. Attorney Daniel G. Bogden. “Everyone, and particularly parents and teenagers, need to be especially careful when responding to online advertisements.”
According to the court records, on March 7, 2013, a Henderson Police Department detective working undercover and posing as a 14-year-old girl, responded to an advertisement on craigslist.com.
The poster of the advertisement, later identified as Torres, stated he was a virgin and was seeking a girl to “take his virginity.” Over the next two weeks, the detective and Torres exchanged emails and texts, and Torres discussed plans and arrangements for a sexual encounter with the girl.
On March 18, 2013, Torres sent a text message that he had made a room reservation at Sunset Station for March 25, 2013, and that he had purchased lingerie and would meet the girl at a parking lot.
On March 25, detectives arrested Torres when he arrived in the parking lot, and seized from him the telephone that he had used to text and call the detective, as well as a hotel room key, condoms, sexual lubricant, lingerie, and stockings in a small size.
The case was investigated by the Henderson Police Department, and is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Roger Yang and Special Assistant United States Attorney Allison Herr.
-- News release