Albert Pinedo, 78, a former school teacher who served five years in federal prison in 2003 for distributing child pornography, got 120 months in federal prison for trying to entice a minor to engage in sexual activity over the internet. On July 23, 2021, a federal jury found Pinedo guilty of attempting to persuade, induce or entice a minor to engage in sexual activity. According to the evidence presented at trial, on February 26, 2020, Pinedo put an ad on Craigslist that stated, “I'm a retired senior looking for casual contact with young men.” An undercover Homeland Security Investigations agent answered the ad and responded as a fictitious 14-year-old boy. Pinedo and the undercover agent chatted online for about a week, before making plans to meet and engage in oral sex. In a series of emails, Pinedo acknowledged the boy's age and described sexual acts he wanted to perform. Pinedo also asked the undercover agent to take naked photos and send them. On March 4, 2020, Pinedo traveled to meet with the undercover agent at the designated meeting place, where he was arrested. A search of his vehicle revealed that he had brought lubricant and a sex toy to their meeting.
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