Virginia Beach man pleads guilty to trying to entice a minor, coercion

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VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — A Virginia Beach man pleaded guilty Monday to charges of coercion and enticement of a minor to engage in sexual activity.

Court documents say in May, 50-year-old John Francis Aragon posted an ad on Craigslist seeking “fetish sex with young girl.” While undercover, a detective with the Virginia Beach Police Department responded to the ad, pretending to be a 14-year-old girl. The two chatted over a period of time, and the conversations became sexually explicit. Eventually, a special agent with Homeland Security Investigations took over as the 14-year-old’s role.

Three different times, prosecutors say Aragon left money under a rock at a local park in exchange for a pair of the girl’s underwear. He expressed his desire to meet the girl in person to engage in sexual activity, according to court documents. On August 16, Aragon showed up at the park to meet the girl and was then arrested.

Aragon was indicted by a federal grand jury on September 21. He faces a mandatory minimum of 10 years in prison and a maximum penalty of life in prison. He’ll be sentenced on February 24, 2017.