A former Orange County teacher and youth coach is expected to plead guilty Tuesday to a federal child sex tourism charge accusing him of traveling to China to have sex with a 16-year-old boy.
Ezequiel Christopher Barragan, previously a Spanish teacher at Dana Hills High School and a youth baseball coach, was charged in February in a three-count indictment alleging he produced child pornography, traveled with the intent to engage in illicit sexual conduct with a minor, and engaged in illicit sexual conduct with a minor in a foreign place.
Federal prosecutors allege Barragan traveled in August 2009 to China, where he coerced a boy to engage in sexual conduct so that he could produce “a visual depiction of such conduct,” according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
The 52-year-old Aliso Viejo man is expected to plead guilty in Los Angeles to the charge of traveling with the intent to engage in illicit sexual conduct with a minor, a felony carrying a possible maximum 30-year federal prison sentence.
When he was charged in the current matter, Barragan was serving a state prison sentence in an unrelated case. Details about the conviction that landed him in prison were not immediately available.
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