Sex offender indicted on felony charges in sex trafficking sting

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LOS ANGELES – A convicted sex offender from Long Beach has been indicted by a federal grand jury on charges of attempted sex trafficking of a child for allegedly responding to an online advertisement that offered sex with a 15-year-old girl in exchange for $200.

Victor James Sporman, 46, who previously resided in Bellflower, was named in a two-count indictment returned Tuesday afternoon by a federal grand jury. The indictment charges Sporman with attempted sex trafficking of a child and using the internet to induce a minor to engage in criminal sexual activity. Both of the charges in the indictment carry a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years in federal prison and statutory maximum sentence of life.

On Oct. 26, Sporman responded to the advertisement via e-mail and subsequently engaged in a series of text messages with an undercover agent he thought was a 15-year-old girl, according to the indictment. Sporman agreed to pay $200 to engage in sex with the “girl.” Sporman repeatedly texted photographs of himself, money, and his genitals. In preparation for a Dec. 6 encounter, Sporman purchased condoms. When Sporman arrived at the hotel to have the sexual encounter with the girl, he had approximately $200 in his possession, as well as two condoms.

Sporman was arrested at the hotel Dec. 6 and made his initial court appearance the next day, when he was released on a $40,000 bond.

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