Texan Pleads Guilty to Attempting to Entice a Minor into Producing Pornography
SHREVEPORT, LA—United States Attorney Stephanie A. Finley announced that a Texan pleaded guilty Thursday to trying to lure a minor into producing a sex video.
Sach Kevin Vu, 32, of Arlington, Texas, entered a guilty plea Thursday before U.S. District Judge S. Maurice Hicks Jr. for one count of attempting to entice a minor to engage in criminal sexual activity. According to evidence presented at the guilty plea, an undercover officer posing as a 16-year-old girl responded on February 7, 2014 to an online advertisement seeking models for a photo shoot. Vu began communicating with the officer posing as a 16-year-old girl and set up a meeting in Haynesville, La., where he planned to produce a pornographic video. He communicated in detail beforehand about what kinds of sex acts he wanted performed. Vu was arrested on February 20, 2014 in Haynesville, La., after traveling there from Texas. Sex toys and camera equipment were found in his vehicle.
Vu faces 10 years to life in prison, not less than five years of supervised release, and a fine of $250,000. He is also required to register as a sex offender. A sentencing date of February 9, 2015 was set.
The FBI and the Claiborne Parish Sheriff’s Office investigated the case. Assistant U.S. Attorney Seth D. Reeg is prosecuting the case.
This case is part of Project Safe Childhood, a U.S. Department of Justice nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. Led by U.S. Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov.
Those concerned may also leave tips with the FBI at tips.fbi.gov. Tips may be submitted anonymously. The Shreveport FBI office number is (318) 861-1890.