LAS VEGAS -- A North Las Vegas man faces a lengthy prison term following his conviction Wednesday on charges of using the Internet to knowingly entice a minor girl to engage in sexual activity with him last year, Nevada's U.S. Attorney Daniel Bogden said.
Sergio Torres, 34, was convicted on one count of coercion and enticement and is scheduled to be sentenced Oct. 6. Torres faces at least 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000.
“As this case warns, there are predators lurking openly on the internet seeking children and minors for sex,” Bogden said. “Everyone, and particularly parents and teenagers, need to be especially careful when responding to online advertisements.”
According to court records, an undercover Henderson Police Department detective posing as a 14-year-old girl responded on March 7, 2013, to an advertisement on Craigslist. Torres stated in the ad that he 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 for a sexual encounter with the girl.
On March 18, 2013, Torres texted that he made a room reservation at Sunset Station for the following week, purchased lingerie and would meet the girl at a parking lot. On March 25, detectives arrested Torres when he arrived in the parking lot. The detectives seized from him the telephone he 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 is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Roger Yang and Special Assistant United States Attorney Allison Herr.