Whitehouse man gets 10 years after trying to pay 'child' for sex online

Thursday, January 10, 2013 - 6:06pm

A Whitehouse man was sentenced to 10 years in federal prison Thursday for child pornography.

Oscar Vela, 23, admitted to trying to entice a minor into sexual activity on June 11, 2012, and was sentenced to 10 years on January 9, 2013 by U.S. District Judge Leonard Davis.

Court information shows Vela thought he was talking to a child when the crime happened, when in fact, he was communicating with undercover agents. The officers told Vela they were an underage girl who was available for sexual activity for money. Vela agreed to pay for sex and was arrested by the authorities. The convict will also be required to register as a sex offender following his release from prison.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice. Led by United States Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division's Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS), Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov.

This case was investigated by the Longview Police Department and the U.S. Secret Service and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Mandy Griffith.


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