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ANGELA DODGE

Sept. 21, 2011

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Local Man Sentenced to 10 years for Attempted Solicitation of a Minor

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas  –  Allen Manuel Ortega, 30, of Corpus Christi, has been sentenced to 10 years in federal prison for attempting to entice a minor via the Internet to engage in sexual activity, United States Attorney José Angel Moreno announced today.

United States District Judge Janis Graham Jack handed down the lengthy prison term today. Ortega pleaded guilty on May 25, 2011, to using a facility and means of interstate and foreign commerce, that is, a telephone and a computer connected to the Internet, in an attempt to coerce and entice a minor to engage in sexual activity between Feb. 17, 2011, and March 4, 2011.  During that period Ortega began communicating with an undercover officer (UC) with Corpus Christi Police Department’s Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force (CCPD-ICAC).  On multiple occasions, Ortega expressed his desire to engage in sexual acts with the UC believing the UC was 14 years of age. Ortega was arrested after showing up at a location agreed upon with the “minor” for the purpose of engaging in sexual activity.  

Judge Jack further ordered Ortega to register as a sex offender and serve a life term of supervised release upon release from prison during which he will be required by a number of conditions intended to protect children. Failure to abide by the conditions could lead to revocation of the supervised release term and yet another prison term.

Ortega has been in federal custody without bond since his March 2011 arrest and will remain in custody pending transfer to a Bureau of Prisons facility to be designated in the near future where he will serve his sentence. 

The case was jointly investigated by the CCPD-ICAC and the Corpus Christi office of Immigration and Customs Enforcement - Homeland Security Investigations.

This case, prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Lance Duke, was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice. Led by United States 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 exploit children via the Internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov.