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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Middle District of Georgia

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Man Sentenced To 10 Years In Prison For Attempted Online Enticement Of A Minor

Amado Becerra Lomas, age 33 of East Dublin, Georgia, was sentenced in Macon today to serve 10 years in prison for attempted online enticement of a minor announced United States Attorney G.F. “Pete” Peterman, III.  The sentence was handed down by U.S. District Court Judge Marc T. Treadwell.  Mr. Lomas’ incarceration is to be followed by a lifetime of supervision and registration as a sex offender.  Mr. Lomas, a citizen of Mexico, also faces potential consequences with respect to his immigration status.

Mr. Lomas entered a plea of guilty to the charge on February 18, 2016.  Mr. Lomas admitted in his plea agreement that he responded to an online advertisement posted during an undercover operation conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.  From March 16, 2015, through March 21, 2015, Mr. Lomas talked online and via text message with whom he believed to be a 14-year old female named “M.C.”  In reality, M.C. was an undercover agent.  During his conversations, Mr. Lomas was told that M.C. would be in Macon, Georgia with her mother on a business trip and would be alone in a hotel while her mother was at work. Mr. Lomas indicated that he and M.C. would “have fun together” when they were alone in her hotel room and agreed to meet M.C. on March 21, 2015.  Mr. Lomas told M.C. that he was “eager to be with” her and that he wanted to be with her in bed and have sex with her.  Mr. Lomas traveled to the hotel in Macon, Georgia, where M.C. indicated she was located.  Mr. Lomas proceeded to a hotel room and was encountered by law enforcement officers.  Mr. Lomas agreed to speak with law enforcement and acknowledged that he was at the hotel to have sex with a minor.  Law enforcement officers found that Mr. Lomas had two condoms with him.

This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) with the assistance of the FBI’s Metro Atlanta Child Exploitation Task Force and the Bibb County Sheriff’s Office.  Assistant United States Attorney Beth Howard prosecuted the case for the United States. 

Questions concerning this case should be directed to Pamela Lightsey, Public Information Officer, United States Attorney’s Office, at (478) 621-2603.

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Project Safe Childhood
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Updated July 8, 2016