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August 14, 2015

Sex Offender from California Sentenced to 30 Years for Coercing a Kentucky Teenager to Send Sexually Explicit Photos of Herself

LEXINGTON—A registered sex offender from California, who previously admitted to coercing a minor from eastern Kentucky to send him sexually explicit photos of herself, has been sentenced to 30 years in federal prison.

On Thursday, Chief U.S. District Judge Karen Caldwell sentenced 38 year-old Luis Antonio Caballero for enticing a minor to engage in sexually explicit conduct for the purposes of producing a visual image of that sexual conduct. At the time of this offense, Caballero was on parole, for another crime related to the sexual exploitation of a minor in California. Due to this previous conviction, Caballero’s sentence was enhanced. Under federal law, Caballero must serve at least 85 percent of his prison sentence.

In early 2014, Caballero coerced the eastern Kentucky teenager to take and send sexually explicit photos of herself. Specifically, he used threats, which included vulgar language, to get the victim to comply with his demands. When the victim stopped sending photos and tried to end the communications, Caballero contacted the victim’s guardian and threatened to drive to Kentucky and kidnap the girl.

Caballero pleaded guilty to the charge in November 2014.

Kerry B. Harvey, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Kentucky, and Howard S. Marshall, Special Agent in Charge, FBI, jointly announced the sentence today.

The investigation was conducted by the FBI, Louisville Field Division, Lexington Resident Agency and FBI, San Francisco Field Division. Assistant U.S. Attorney David A. Marye prosecuted this case on behalf of the federal government.

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