A US Army sergeant was arrested in south Florida after embarking on what he thought would be a paid sexual encounter with a 12 and 14 year-old-girl.
26-year-old soldier Alex Kirk Torres was duped by law enforcement into thinking he was setting up an arrangement to have sex with two minors in Broward County, Florida, according to the Sun-Sentinel.
According to the FBI, the U.S. Army sergeant showed up with cash, candy, condoms and lubricant for his arranged encounter.
Utilizing the “escorts” section of Backpage.com in January, Torres engaged in negotiations with an undercover officer that used specific language to imply the sexual acts would be conducted with minors.
“The advertisement used language that is commonly associated with individuals seeking children for sexual purposes,” agents wrote in court documents.
Torres’ first email mistakenly inquired if the posters were “afflicted with law enforcement”, to which the undercover officer corrected him, saying he was not “afflicted or affiliated with law enforcement” and warned he only had “younger ones” available.
The soldier and undercover agent negotiated in great detail about what sexual services would be provided, as well as how much it would cost. When the agent then asked for some verification that Torres was not a cop, Torres backed out, saying he had to return a rental car and catch a flight.
“I’m gonna cancel don’t want the wife to be suspicious sorry to waste your time,” Torres wrote in via text.
Agents linked Torres using an email address and by deciphering his defaced name on an airline itinerary he sent to the undercover agent.
Later in May, Torres settled on a $500 price to have unprotected sex with the 12-year-old and protected sex with the 14-year-old, agreeing to meet in a parking lot. Upon his arrival, he discussed the arrangements as agents secretly recorded audio and video. Torres admits to knowing his plans on having sex with the children was illegal.
Torres, whose home address is near the Homestead Air Reserve Base, testified that he has limited assets and has never been arrested before, agreeing to pay $8k towards the cost of his assistant public defender.
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