February 29, 2024
The San Diego County Superior Courtroom in downtown San Diego. Photograph by Chris Stone

A former San Diego County sheriff’s sergeant who was arrested after a web-based video surfaced claiming he was making an attempt to fulfill with minors for intercourse pleaded responsible Wednesday to a felony intercourse crime.

The investigation into Luis Rios, 55, started earlier this yr after residents’ group Folks V. Preds alleged Rios tried to solicit intercourse from an individual he believed was a 15-year-old boy.

Members of the group sometimes pose as minors, then try to fulfill up with adults who organize for sexual encounters and expose them on video.

Group members stated Rios engaged in sexually express conversations with at the very least one supposed teenager, then tried to fulfill with a minor in public.

In a single video, a member of Folks V. Preds encounters an SUV driver they stated was Rios in a shopping mall car parking zone. The motive force states that he was there to select up meals, whereas the individual capturing the video accuses the motive force of being there to fulfill with a minor.

When the cameraman asks the SUV driver about his conversations with teenagers, the person drives off.

A felony grievance filed in opposition to Rios states the meet-up try occurred in March of this yr.

In June, he was charged with two felonies and a misdemeanor and confronted as much as 4 years in jail. On Wednesday, Rios was slated to endure a preliminary listening to, throughout which prosecutors would have offered proof to assist taking him to trial on these prices.

Nevertheless, the listening to was vacated following Rios’ plea to at least one rely of contacting a minor with the intent to commit a sexual offense. He faces as much as a yr in custody when he’s sentenced this December.

Metropolis Information Service contributed to this text.