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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, December 19, 2019

Omaha Man Found Guilty of Child Enticement Charge

United States Attorney Joe Kelly announced that Luis A. Tobar, age 44, of Omaha, Nebraska, was found guilty on December 18, 2019, following a two-day trial in federal court in Omaha for Attempted Coercion and Enticement of a Minor. The Honorable Robert F. Rossiter, Jr. scheduled Tobar’s sentencing for March 13, 2020 at 9:30 a.m. Tobar is facing a mandatory minimum of 10 years’ imprisonment and up to life imprisonment for this conviction.

On April 12, 2019, the FBI Child Exploitation and Human Trafficking Task Force (CEHTTF) was conducting an operation in Douglas County, Nebraska. As part of the operation, an undercover officer with the CEHTTF posted an advertisement on an escort website known to be used for the purposes of prostitution. Tobar responded to the advertisement and engaged in communications with an undercover officer who he believed to be a 15-year-old female. Believing that he was communicating with a 15-year-old female, Tobar requested that she send him nude pictures, agreed to pay her for sex, and traveled to an agreed upon location to meet her. Tobar was arrested by members of the CEHTTF and at the time of his arrest was found to be in possession of the cellular phone he used to communicate with the undercover officer, a large monetary sum, and alcohol.

This case was investigated by the FBI Child Exploitation and Human Trafficking Task Force. Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, Lincoln Police Department, Omaha Police Department, LaVista Police Department, Nebraska State Patrol, Council Bluffs Police Department, and the Sarpy Douglas County Law Enforcement Academy participated in the April 12, 2019 operation.

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Project Safe Childhood
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Updated December 20, 2019