Nebraska man convicted of attempting to sex traffic a minor
LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – Eswin Lopez, 29, faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years after being found guilty of attempted sex trafficking of a minor.
A deputy with the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office posted an advertisement on a website commonly used for prostitution in August 2020 and January 2021.
Lopez, who uses the alias David Cantu, responded to the phone number on the advertisement by text message and began communicating with an undercover deputy who was pretending to be a 15-year-old girl.
Lopez continued messaging and contacting who he thought was a 15-year-old on a daily basis and eventually requested sex.
On Jan. 15, 2021, Lopez agreed to pay $80 for a half-hour of sex. He proceeded to travel from Waverly to Omaha arriving at a prearranged meeting place with cash and beer, as requested by the undercover deputy.
Chief United States District Judge Robert F. Rossiter Jr. ordered a pre-sentence investigation and set the sentencing hearing for Lopez, who is originally from Guatemala, for June 24 at 9 a.m.
The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office investigated the case as part of the FBI’s Child Enticement and Human Trafficking Task Force.