Denton County Sex Offender Sentenced to 30 Years in Federal Prison on Attempted Enticement of a Minor Conviction
DALLAS — Adam Joshua Cortez, 31, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Barbara M. G. Lynn to 30 years in federal prison and a lifetime of supervised release, following his conviction at trial in May 2012 on charges that he attempted to entice an individual he believed to be a 14-year-old female to engage in sexual activity with him, announced U.S. Attorney Sarah R. Saldaña of the Northern District of Texas. Cortez, a registered sex offender, is most recently a resident of Justin, Texas.
In July 2011, Cortez used the Internet and a cell phone to entice an individual, whom he believed to be a 14-year-old girl, to engage in sexual activity. That individual, however, was an undercover police officer. Cortez had been twice convicted in state courts of offenses similar to child enticement in 2002 and 2004. In fact, the second of those convictions occurred while he was on probation for committing the first.
This matter was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice, to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. Led by U.S. Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division's Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who sexually exploit children, and to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit http://www.justice.gov/psc. For more information about internet safety education, please visit http://www.justice.gov/psc and click on the tab “resources.”.
The case was investigated by the Garland Police Department’s Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force and the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).
Assistant U.S. Attorneys Lisa J. Miller and Leigha A. Simonton prosecuted.
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