A Livery driver from Queens admitted driving more than 150 miles to Cape May County, NJ to have sex with an underage girl while collecting child porn images from another minor, federal authorities said in December. Richard Gabriel Piedra Ordonez, 36, of Queens, pretended to be 19 when he began communicating with the under-16 girl on social media and messaging platforms, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito said.

Over the next several months, Piedra admitted driving to New Jersey for sex and twice took the victim back to his home for the same purpose. He also gave her a cellphone so they could communicate. Federal agents said they found photos of the two of them, along with a video of them having intercourse, on the phone.

The girl’s mother alerted police about their relationship after finding messages between them, one of which confirmed that Piedra knew her daughter’s age, the complaint says. Piedra broke federal law by crossing state lines with the minor for sex, so the FBI took the case, Carpenito said. Agents who conducted a warranted search on an apartment he shared with family members found “sexually explicit images and videos of minors on a hard drive located in Piedra’s bedroom.”

Agents also discovered that he’d communicated online with an Indiana resident who was under 15 while again posing as a 19-year-old. Piedra requested and received sexually explicit images and videos from that victim, the U.S. attorney said.

Piedra took a deal from the government rather than go to trial, pleading guilty to coercion and enticement of a minor, transporting a minor to engage in criminal sexual activity, and receiving child pornography. In addition to a guaranteed federal prison sentence and fines, he will be required to register as a sex offender under Megan’s Law as part of the sentencing that U.S. District Judge Noel L. Hillman scheduled for April 14.

Source: Daily Voice