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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Northern District of Texas

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, December 1, 2017

Littlefield Man Sentenced to 135 Months in Federal Prison for Enticing a 16-Year-Old Girl to Engage in Sexual Activity

LUBBOCK, Texas — A Littlefield, Texas, resident, Luis Zubia, 36, was sentenced this morning by Senior U.S. District Judge Sam R. Cummings to 135 months in federal prison, following his guilty plea in September 2017 to an indictment charging one count of enticement of a minor, announced U.S. Attorney Erin Nealy Cox of the Northern District of Texas.

According to the plea agreement factual resume filed in the case, from February 2017 until April 2017, Zubia had text conversations that were sexual in nature with “Jane Doe,” a 16-year-old female. Zubia asked “Doe” to send him sexually explicit photos and videos of herself and eventually talked about meeting up with “Doe.”

Zubia asked for, and was provided, “Doe’s” address, along with the name of her school. On March 7, 2017, Zubia sent a text to “Doe,” stating his desire to meet up and to engage in sexual intercourse with her.

The case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. Led by U.S. Attorney’s Offices and the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood leverages federal, state and local resources to better investigate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who sexually exploit children. Project Safe Childhood also prioritizes identifying and rescuing 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 Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Littlefield Police Department investigated the case.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Steven M. Sucsy was in charge of the prosecution.

 

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Contact: 
Lisa Slimak 214-659-8600 Lisa.Slimak@usdoj.gov
Updated December 1, 2017