Las Cruces man Robert Jasso charged with using internet in attempt to entice minor into sex

Las Cruces man Robert Jasso charged with using internet in attempt to entice minor into sex

(STL.News) – Robert Jasso, 23, of Las Cruces, New Mexico, appeared in federal court on Aug. 25 for a detention hearing on charges of attempted coercion and enticement of a minor child, attempted production of child pornography and attempted solicitation of child pornography.  Jasso will remain in custody pending trial, which has not been scheduled at this time.

According to a federal criminal complaint, on July 18 Jasso allegedly used the social networking application Skout to contact what he thought was a 13-year-old girl.  The complaint alleges, Jasso then attempted to entice the person he thought was a minor to travel to him to engage in sexual activity.  Jasso later allegedly asked the person he thought was a minor to recruit another minor to engage in sexual activity with the two of them.  Jasso allegedly requested that the person he thought was a minor send him sexually explicit photographs that would constitute child pornography.

After additional conversations, according to the complaint, on Aug. 14 Jasso travelled to a location near Sonoma Elementary School in Doña Ana County, New Mexico, where he expected to meet two 13-year-old girls to engage in sexual activity and was arrested.

A criminal complaint is only an accusation.  A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.  If convicted, Jasso faces 5 to 20 years in prison for attempted solicitation of child pornography, 15 to 30 years for attempted production of child pornography and 10 years to life for attempted coercion and enticement of a minor child.

The FBI investigated this case.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Matilda McCarthy Villalobos is prosecuting the case.

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