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October 31, 2014

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NLV man’s Craigslist solicitation for sex leads to conviction on federal charges

A North Las Vegas man thought the Craigslist ad was going to lead him to a sexual encounter with a 14-year-old girl. Instead it’s likely to lead him to a lengthy stay in federal prison.

Sergio Torres, 34, was convicted today on counts of coercion and enticement after using the Internet to persuade a minor girl into engaging in sexual activity, Daniel G. Bogden, U.S. attorney for Nevada, said in a news release.

According to federal authorities, a Henderson Police detective posing as a 14-year-old girl responded to Torres' ad, in which he claimed to be a virgin who was seeking a girl to deflower him.

After weeks of communication with the undercover officer, Torres was arrested on March 25, 2013, in the parking lot of Sunset Station, where he had planned to meet the 14-year-old for a sexual encounter.

Torres’ sentencing is scheduled for Oct. 6. He faces a fine of up to $250,000 on each count, and a minimum of 10 years in prison, Bogden said.

Adwoa Fosu is a UNLV junior completing an internship at the Sun.

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