A Chester County man described as “a citizen of Mexico” was handed a state prison sentence Monday in Adams County Court for picking up and sexually assaulting a 13-year-old New Oxford teen in April 2018.
In January, Victor Priego-Reyes, now 34, of Coatesville, pleaded guilty to statutory sexual assault, interfering with child custody and possession of child pornography, according to court officials.
Priego-Reyes’s defense attorney Elisabeth Pasqualini said Monday her client is “a citizen of Mexico.”
Priego-Reyes “is subject to an ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) detainer,” Pasqualini said.
Adams County Court of Common Pleas Judge Shawn Wagner imposed the sentence of five to 10 years in a state correctional institution per the plea agreement. Adams County Assistant District Attorney Kelley Margetas previously said Priego-Reyes also faces three years of probation to run consecutively.
On April 21, 2018, Priego-Reyes was apprehended in Chester County. He was originally charged with interference with child custody, statutory sexual assault, indecent assault, corruption of minors, unlawful contact with a minor, and criminal use of a communication facility.
Priego-Reyes was accused of “online communications” with the juvenile, which led to her being taken to his residence in Coatesville, Chester County, where sexual acts occurred, according to the Adams County District Attorney’s office.
“The minor’s disappearance resulted in a several-day missing person’s investigation, that ended when the teen voluntarily returned,” according to the district attorney’s office.
Eastern Adams Regional Police (EARP) Department shared a photograph on a social media post April 19, 2018, relating to a “missing person investigation,” seeking information about a male named “Victor.”
In the post shared online, police alleged the individual picked up a 13-year-old female March 9, 2018, after contact through an online platform where he misrepresented himself as a 15-year-old.
“The male supplied drugs to the 13-year-old and then engaged in sexual contact with her,” police alleged in the post.
When the female juvenile was taken to his residence, located along East Chestnut Street in Coatesville, she saw “various electronic devices, including personal computers and cellular phones that contained evidence of a social media profile of the suspect portraying himself as a 15-year-old male that was used to lure her to meet with him,” according to the affidavit of probable cause.
The victim rode with Eastern Adams Police Patrolman Larry Kitzmiller Jr. and Patrolman Douglas Fishel to Coatesville on April 19, 2018, to locate Priego-Reyes’s residence, according to the post.
During the ride, the victim identified a 2004 Dodge Ram 1500, which was registered to “Victor,” police said.
Police executed an arrest warrant on Priego-Reyes on April 21, 2018, with the assistance of the Coatesville Police Department, according to EARP. Police conducted a traffic stop on Priego-Reyes’s vehicle after waiting for him to leave his residence, the police said.
Priego-Reyes was arrested “without incident,” according to officials.
While in custody, he gave law enforcement permission to search his cell phone, which showed 14 videos involving underage juveniles performing sexual acts with one another or with an adult male, according to charging documents.
Chester County Deputy District Attorney Megan King sent a letter April 30, 2018, to Margetas allowing her to proceed with charges alleged to have occurred in both counties.
The Pennsylvania Sexual Offenders Assessment Board found Priego-Reyes did not meet the criteria to be classified as a sexually violent predator, according to Adams County First Assistant District Attorney Roy Keefer, who handled the case for Margetas on Monday.
Priego-Reyes must still register as a sex offender for the rest of his life due to his guilty pleas, Keefer said.