Crime

Texas Teen Sentenced For Child Sex Abuse Scheme

| by Amanda Andrade-Rhoades
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On Oct. 5, Ricardo Lugo, 18, was sentenced to two decades in prison for groping a third-grade boy at an elementary school in Hurst, Texas, and recruiting other victims.

Lugo posed as a 12-year-old  to enroll at Hurst Hills Elementary School and Randy Ray Wesson, 29, pretended to be his father.

Earlier this year, Wesson pleaded guilty to possessing and receiving child pornography. He told investigators he had sexually abused more than 100 children and had 42,000 images depicting child pornography, The Star-Telegram reported. He is scheduled to be sentenced on Dec. 3.

Wesson and Lugo had a sexual relationship, according to an affidavit.

Wesson and Lugo’s plot was discovered when an online tip was sent to National Center for Missing and Exploited Children on June 8, 2014, alerting them to an Instagram account affiliated with Wesson’s email. The tip was eventually sent to Hurst police and the duo was arrested in November 2014 following a raid on the home they shared, The Dallas Morning News reported.

Lugo was sentenced to 20 years in prison for indecency with a child, plus 10 years of deferred adjudication for possession with intent to promote child pornography. He must register as a sex offender for life and faces 130 years in prison if he violates his probation. 

Authorities found photos of children and a video of him spanking a child on Lugo’s cellphone. 

Sources: The Dallas Morning News, The Star-Telegram / Photo Credit: Police photos