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Man convicted of luring girl to Vegas for sex gets 7-year term

September 14, 2011 |  2:34 pm

A Lennox man convicted of driving a 13-year-old from her San Bernardino County home to Las Vegas to have sex with her was sentenced to seven years in federal prison.

Ivan Lopez, 23, admitted traveling to Nevada with the girl in 2010 after developing an online relationship with her over a period of several months, according to the U.S. attorney's office in Los Angeles. He was sentenced this week in Riverside.    

Lopez secretly arranged to pick the girl up at home once her parents had gone to bed, according to authorities. After her parents reported her missing, an Amber Alert was issued, and Lopez was arrested when his van was located outside a Las Vegas motel.

In his communication with the girl, online and on the phone, Lopez allegedly asked the eighth-grader to be his girlfriend and told her he planned to run away and have sex with her.

"Lopez seemed to wear down the victim's defenses by asking her several times to send nude photos of herself, which she did after initially declining his sexual advances," the U.S. attorney's office said in a news release.

Lopez allegedly told the teen he considered her his wife and even bought a ring for her.

In addition to his prison sentence, which was handed down this week in federal court in Riverside, Lopez will be required to register as a sex offender.

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-- Robert Faturechi

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