Oroville Man Pleads Guilty to Enticement of a Minor

Nov 6, 2013 3:59 PM

United States Attorney Benjamin Wagner stated 23-year-old Michael Adam Cruz of Oroville pleaded guilty to posting an advertisement on craigslist seeking a young-looking female in May 2012. Cruz was arrested after communicating with an undercover detective he believed to be a minor and attempted to meet in Oroville for sex. He was arrested after arriving at the designated meeting point on June 12, 2012 and has been detained in the Sacramento County Jail since.

Cruz is scheduled to be sentenced by U.S. District Judge Kimberly Mueller on January 22, 2014. He faces a sentence of 10 years to life in prison and an additional $250,000 fine.

The case was investigated by the Sacramento Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, a federal and state funded task force managed by the Sacramento Sheriff’s Department. The prosecution was part of the Department of Justice’s ongoing Project Safe Childhood initiative, the purpose of which is to increase federal prosecution of sexual predators of children and to reduce internet crimes against them.


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