Pasco man sentenced to 21 months for trying to pay minor for sex

PASCO, Wash. - Pasco resident Guillermo Rico was sentenced to 21 months in prison Wednesday after getting busted in a child sex sting. He will also require three years of court supervision after he’s released.

In September 2015, Rico responded to an online ad posted by an undercover detective posing as a 13-year-old girl.

They began to exchange messages in which Rico described “in graphic detail the manner in which he wished to have sexual intercourse with the child.” He spoke of taking the child’s virginity and offering money for sex, according to a news release.

Detectives conducted surveillance of the man’s activity. On the day they arranged for him to meet the girl in Kennewick, they watched him withdraw money from an ATM and drive to the predetermined location. He circled the meeting location about six times, then went down side streets searching for the child before going home, authorities said. 

He contacted the undercover detective once again, offering $100 for sex with the girl. 

A warrant was issued for his arrest and, after speaking with detectives, he admitted trying to arrange a sexual encounter with the girl twice despite her age. 

He was sentenced by a Benton County Superior Court judge on Oct. 11 for commercial sexual abuse of a minor. 

The Southeast Regional Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force and Homeland Security Investigations cooperated in making the arrest. 

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