LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Santos Rivera, Jr., 34, formerly of Lubbock, pleaded guilty Tuesday before U.S. District Judge Sam R. Cummings to one count of attempted transfer of obscene material to a minor.
Rivera, who remains on bond, faces a maximum statutory sentence of 10 years in prison, a lifetime of supervised release and a $250,000 fine. Judge Cummings ordered a pre sentence report with sentencing to be scheduled after the completion of that report.
According to documents filed in the case, Rivera admitted that on March 3, 2009, he used Yahoo! Instant Messaging to chat with a person he believed was a 15-year-old girl. That person, however, was an undercover police officer. During the course of their chat, Rivera expressed an interest in engaging in sexual activity with the girl. He also used a webcam to send her a live video broadcast of an adult male engaged in sexually explicit conduct.
The case is being investigated by Department of Homeland Security Investigations, the Kenner, Louisiana, Police Department and the Louisiana State Police. It is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Steven M. Sucsy of the Lubbock, Texas, U.S. Attorney's Office.
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