A 33-year-old sex offender from Carthage has pleaded guilty to the sexual exploitation of a child on Monday after impregnating a 14-year-old girl.
The investigation began when the victim visited a health clinic for a pregnancy test. She told police she met Victor Alfonso Vasquez while playing a game on her cell phone when she was 13. Their friendship then progressed to talking through Facebook Messenger before inappropriate pictures were shared over SnapChat. From there, Vasquez pursued a sexual relationship. The victim lied to her mother in order to have her drop her off at Vasquez’s home by saying it was a friend’s house. Their sexual relationship lasted for several months.
His prior convictions pertain to the statutory rape and statutory sodomy of a 16-year-old girl in Carthage in 2012. He was released from prison in January 2017. He is listed as a Tier 3 sex offender, which is a life time registration requirement and requires the offender to report to law enforcement in person every 90-days.
Vasquez is looking at at least 25 years in prison without parole.
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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – A prior sex offender in Carthage, Missouri, who impregnated a 14-year-old victim, pleaded guilty in federal court today to the sexual exploitation of a child.
Victor Alfonso Vasquez, 33, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge M. Douglas Harpool to the sexual exploitation of a child. Vasquez is a prior sex offender with prior felony convictions for statutory rape and statutory sodomy.
The investigation began when the 14-year-old victim, identified in court documents as “Jane Doe,” visited a health clinic for a pregnancy test, which indicated she was more than eight weeks pregnant. The victim told investigators she met Vasquez while playing a game on her cell phone when she was 13 years old. Vasquez then began contacting her via Facebook Messenger. They also exchanged sexually explicit images via SnapChat. During their online relationship, Vasquez discussed having a sexual relationship with Jane Doe, and he discussed physically meeting her to have sex.
On Jan. 19, 2018, Jane Doe lied to her mother at Vasquez’s direction and asked her mother to drop her off at a friend’s house. Her mother actually dropped her off at Vasquez’s residence, when Vasquez began a physical relationship with the child victim that lasted for several months.
Under federal statutes, Vasquez is subject to a mandatory minimum sentence of 25 years in federal prison without parole, up to a sentence of 50 years in federal prison without parole. The maximum statutory sentence is prescribed by Congress and is provided here for informational purposes, as the sentencing of the defendant will be determined by the court based on the advisory sentencing guidelines and other statutory factors. A sentencing hearing will be scheduled after the completion of a presentence investigation by the United States Probation Office.
This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Ami Harshad Miller. It was investigated by the FBI, the Joplin, Mo., Police Department, and the Southwest Missouri Cyber Crimes Task Force.