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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of South Dakota

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, January 14, 2016

Guatemalan Man Sentenced for Use of Interstate Facilities to Transmit Information About a Minor

United States Attorney Randolph J. Seiler announced that a Guatemalan man convicted of Use of Interstate Facilities to Transmit Information About a Minor was sentenced on January 11, 2016, by U.S. District Judge Karen E. Schreier.

Jose Joaquin Oxlaj, age 27, was sentenced to 46 months in custody, followed by 5 years of supervised release, and $100 to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.

Oxlaj was indicted for the charge by a federal grand jury on May 5, 2015.  He pled guilty on October 27, 2015.

Oxlaj responded to an advertisement on the Internet website known as Skout.  Using his cell phone to send text messages, he agreed to meet at a hotel in Sioux Falls to have sex with a 15 year-old girl.  Law enforcement officers arrested Oxlaj when he arrived at the scene and found him to be in possession of his cell phone and over $900 in cash.

This case was investigated by the South Dakota Internet Crimes Against Children task force.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Jeffrey C. Clapper prosecuted the case.

Oxlaj was immediately turned over to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service.

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Updated January 14, 2016