CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) — A Clarksville man was convicted Wednesday of multiple felonies, including trying to entice a minor to engage in illegal sexual activity, trying to transfer obscene material to someone under 16 and destroying evidence to avoid search. or seizure, according to the US Attorney for the Middle District of Tennessee.
The US Department of Justice (DOJ) announced that Kevin Figueroa, 33, was found guilty on all counts after a bench trial.
Authorities said Figueroa was charged in April following an investigation that began in November 2019 after Figueroa contacted an undercover FBI agent posing as a 15-year-old girl online.
Figueroa reportedly used the ‘Spike tkro’ profile, which identified him as a 25-year-old man living in Nashville, and communicated through the online dating app Meet24.
According to the DOJ, even after confirming that the undercover person was a teenager, Figueroa continued to send the agent messages, including a photo of genitalia, eventually proposing to meet for sexual activity on November 26, 2019. However, he did not. made. Don’t show up at the arranged meeting.
Then, in December 2019, Figueroa contacted the undercover agent again, this time using the mobile dating app MeetMe and the profile of “Kevin F,” a 32-year-old man who lives in Clarksville, the Justice Department said. Once again, Figueroa suggested meeting up for sexual activity after learning the undercover person was a 15-year-old girl.
According to officials, a meeting was eventually scheduled for March 17, 2020, at the boy’s alleged home, but when Figueroa arrived, FBI agents took him into custody.
When Figueroa realized that the agents were planning to confiscate his cell phone, he allegedly deleted the Kik messaging app and attempted to delete the Plenty of Fish dating app.
After being charged with these crimes, investigators learned that Figueroa had engaged in sexual activity with multiple minors prior to his initial contact with the undercover officer, the Justice Department reported.
Figueroa is scheduled to be sentenced on December 2, with authorities adding that he faces a mandatory minimum of 10 years and up to life in prison.
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