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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Connecticut

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Waterbury Man Sentenced to 10 Years in Prison for Enticement of Minor He Met at Church

Deirdre M. Daly, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that MIGUEL TORRES, 45, of Waterbury, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Jeffrey Alker Meyer in Bridgeport to 120 months of imprisonment, followed by 10 years of supervised release, for enticing a minor female to send him sexually explicit videos and pictures of herself.

According to court documents and statements made in court, TORRES met a minor female at the church they both attended.  TORRES offered to mentor the minor, gave her his cell phone number, and they began communicating via text messages.  In late June 2013, when the minor was 14 years old, TORRES began to ask the minor to send him sexually explicit videos and pictures.  Their text message conversations became sexually explicit and TORRES persuaded the minor to take sexually explicit videos and pictures of herself and send them to him.  TORRES also sent the minor sexually explicit videos and pictures of himself, and he told her that he had engaged in sexual conduct with other girls so that the minor would be comfortable with it.

TORRES has been detained since his arrest on related state charges on August 30, 2013, and he pleaded guilty to the offense on March 4, 2015.

This matter was investigated by the Waterbury Police Department and Homeland Security Investigations.  The Connecticut State’s Attorney’s Office in Waterbury also provided critical assistance in this investigation.  The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Neeraj N. Patel.

This prosecution is part of the U.S. Department of Justice’s Project Safe Childhood Initiative, which is aimed at protecting children from sexual abuse and exploitation.  For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.justice.gov/psc.

To report cases of child exploitation, please visit www.cybertipline.com.

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Updated May 27, 2015