McALLEN, Texas - A 22-year-old Alton man has been
indicted for coercion and enticement of a minor, announced U.S. Attorney Ryan
Dan Eliud Moncada-Gonzalez was originally charged by
criminal complaint June 11, 2019, as he arrived at a local spot to meet whom he
thought was a 13-year-old female. Today, a federal grand jury returned the
indictment charging him with one count of coercion and enticement of a minor.
He is expected to appear for his arraignment before U.S. Magistrate Judge
Ormsby July 11, 2019.
The complaint alleges that beginning June 11, 2019,
Moncada enticed an individual he believed to be a 13-year-old female on a
social media app. Moncada allegedly sent multiple unsolicited sexually explicit
images of himself, and others, and requested to meet in person at an agreed
upon location. The charges allege that in those conversations, he described
sexual acts he desired to perform.
Moncada was taken into custody as he arrived at a local
park, allegedly expecting to engage in sexual activity with a minor.
If convicted, Moncada faces a minimum of 10 years in
Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security
Investigations conducted the investigation as part of the Rio Grande Valley
Child Exploitation Investigations Task Force.
Assistant U.S. Attorneys Michael Mitchell and Claire
Nguyen are prosecuting the case. This case was brought as part of Project Safe
Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of
Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse.
Led by the United States Attorneys' Offices and the Criminal Division's Child
Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal,
state and local resources to locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who
sexually exploit children, and to identify and rescue victims. For more
information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.usdoj.gov/psc<http://www.usdoj.gov/psc>.
For more information about internet safety education, please visit www.usdoj.gov/psc<http://www.usdoj.gov/psc>
and click on the tab "resources."
An indictment or criminal complaint is a formal
accusation of criminal conduct, not evidence.
A defendant is presumed innocent unless convicted through
due process of law.