Md. man, 26, confesses to using Internet to entice 12-year-old Va. girl into sex acts

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A Rockville, Maryland man pleaded guilty today to exploiting a 12-year-old Virginia girl by using the Internet to coerce and entice her to engage in illegal sexual activity.

Jose Adalberto Sandoval Quinonez, 26, pleaded guilty to one count of coercion and enticement of a minor to engage in sexual activity. According to admissions made in connection with his guilty plea, Sandoval initiated contact with the 12-year-old victim over Instagram and the two later began chatting over Google Hangouts.

Over the course of several months in 2017, Sandoval used Google Hangouts to groom, persuade, and entice the minor to engage in sex acts, including sexual intercourse. In addition, he repeatedly asked her to produce and send him sexually explicit photos of herself, and he succeeded in persuading her to send him such a photo. Sandoval also sent the victim an image of his penis. During these interactions, Sandoval, who was 25 at the time, pretended to be 16 years old.

Sentencing is scheduled for Aug. 10.