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TOOELE — A registered sex offender in Utah was in the Tooele County Jail on Tuesday, waiting to be extradited to California where he is expected to face charges of sexually exploiting a minor.
On July 8, a detective with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Office contacted Tooele police about an arrest warrant for 31-year-old Alonso Pando Villegas.
In 2014, when Villegas was 26, investigators say he met a 15-year-old girl online while playing the game Clash of Clans. The two then continued their conversations on the Kik app. The conversations turned sexual, according to a search warrant affidavit filed in Utah, and Villegas eventually told the girl he would travel to California to have sex with her.
“The victim admitted she never thought he was seriously committed to meeting with her. On Oct. 10, 2014, the suspect flew from Utah to Los Angeles where he made his way to the victim’s address in a rental car,” the warrant states. “The victim panicked and reminded him of her age. He told her he did not care and that he traveled all this way to have sex with her. Through multiple text messages, she continuously told him she had changed her mind and that she was not going to have sex with him.”
Villegas then threatened to post all of the girl’s nude pictures she had sent him on social media if she didn’t agree to have sex, according to the affidavit.
“The victim agreed to have sex with the suspect, under the duress of his threats,” the warrant states. “The victim immediately told her parents when she got home and together, they reported the incident to law enforcement.”
The case, however, went cold and was closed due to investigators being unable to identify the suspect. But it was reopened a few years later when Villegas was convicted in Utah of enticing a minor and his DNA was added to a national database. Once that was added, a match was made with the case in California.
In 2016, Villegas contacted a 13-year-old Utah County girl through Facebook and offered to pay her money for sex, according to charging documents. The girl sent Villegas nude photos, but declined to have sex with him, police say. After continuing to pressure her, the girl said she agreed to meet him for sex, but then told her parents and police what was happening. When Villegas showed up at the designated meeting place, he was met by officers and was arrested. During the arrest, Villegas admitted to police that he was going to “blackmail” the girl with the images she had sent him, the charges state.
He was convicted in 4th District Court of enticing a minor and sexual exploitation of a minor second-degree felonies. Villegas was sentenced to one year in jail and was placed on the Utah Sex Offender and Kidnapping Registry.
According to the search warrant affidavit, “From the result of the suspect’s Facebook search warrant, the suspect had been involved with numerous conversations with underage females throughout the state of Utah as reflected by the females’ responses.
“Furthermore, the suspect requested pornographic photographs from numerous underage females which he collected and saved. The suspect had been noted to use the nude photographs of the minor as leverage to force the minor female to meet and have sex with him,” the warrant continues.
Tooele police say they did not have any active cases against Villegas as of Tuesday. He was taken into custody on July 22.