Former Viridian Elementary Principal Found Guilty of Child Exploitation Charge

SHERMAN, April 1, 2016 - A 47-year-old Carrollton, Texas man has been found guilty of child exploitation charges in the Eastern District of Texas, announced U.S. Attorney John M. Bales today.

Oscar Figueroa was indicted by a federal grand jury on July 15, 2015 and charged with coercion and enticement of minors.  Figueroa was found guilty today following a four day trial before U.S. District Judge Amos L. Mazzant.

According to the indictment, on July 7, 2015, law enforcement officers became aware of a Craigslist advertisement posted by a person identified as Figueroa seeking a young male for sexual activity.  An undercover officer posing as a 16-year-old boy contacted Figueroa and began exchanging text messages.  Figueroa instructed the undercover officer to meet him at a particular place within the AMC Theatres at Stonebriar Centre.  Frisco PD Officers arrived at the theatre and discovered Figueroa, who directed an undercover officer to a bathroom for sexual activity.  During the trial, attorneys for the United States introduced Figueroa’s text messages with the undercover agent, his interview with law enforcement, Craigslist ads he posted, and the contents of his cellular phone. 

Figueroa was arrested on July 10, 2015 and remains in custody.  Figueroa faces a minimum of 10 years, and up to life, in federal prison at sentencing.  A sentencing date has not been set.

This case is being prosecuted as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice. Led by United States Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division's Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS), Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov.

This case was investigated by Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and the Frisco Police Department and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Marisa Miller and Jay Combs.          

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