A former Los Angeles Unified School District police officer is expected to plead guilty Monday to a federal computer charge in an attempt to solicit a 15-year-old girl for sex.
Mauricio Edgardo Estrada is scheduled to plead guilty before U.S. District Judge Dale Fischer to using the Internet to plan the paid sexual encounter with a minor. The “girl” turned out to be an undercover law enforcement officer.
Estrada, 29, responded to a Craigslist advertisement promising sex with a minor in April 2016. He exchanged emails and text messages with the “girl” and agreed to pay $150 for sex, according to his plea agreement, filed in Los Angeles federal court.
An attorney representing Estrada could not immediately be reached for comment.
Prosecutors are asking for a sentence of five years behind bars, followed by 10 years of supervised release. A sentencing date is expected to be set by the judge after Estrada’s guilty plea is accepted.
Estrada was originally charged last year with attempted sex trafficking of a child and use of the internet to induce a minor to engage in criminal sexual activity, but federal prosecutors subsequently filed the new charge to which he will plead.
When he arrived at a gas station in Artesia to meet the supposed girl, Estrada had $150 in his possession and condoms, court papers show. He was taken into custody by sheriff’s personnel and subsequently released after posting bond.
Estrada was hired by the school district in December 2013 and placed on administrative leave after his arrest. It is unclear when he left the district’s employment. The case does not involve a student or any of the district’s campuses.
—City News Service
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