A 61-year-old Texas man has been arrested for coercion and enticement of a minor.
Fabian Vela, 61, made his appearance before the judge at 9 a.m. on Frida. Authorities took him into custody Thursday as he re-entered the United States at a Port of Entry in Hidalgo County.
The criminal complaint charges Vela with coercion and enticement of a minor from on or about Sept. 29 – Oct. 5, 2022.
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Vela allegedly coerced and enticed a minor victim through the use of the WhatsApp messaging application and a cellular telephone. He persuaded the victim to send multiple nude and sexually explicit images in exchange for payment, according to the charges.
If convicted, Vela faces up to life in prison.
Homeland Security Investigations – Rio Grande Valley Child Exploitation Investigations Taskforce conducted the investigation with assistance from the U.S. Secret Service and the San Juan Police Department.