April 23, 2024
A San Diego County Sheriff’s deputy’s patch. Courtesy of the division

A former San Diego County sheriff’s sergeant who was arrested after a video surfaced claiming he was making an attempt to solicit intercourse from minor teenagers on-line was sentenced Tuesday to 2 years of probation.

The investigation into Luis Rios, 55, started after the residents’ group Individuals V. Preds claimed that Rios had tried to fulfill up with an individual he believed was a 15-year-old boy.

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

In a single video posted on-line, a member of Individuals V. Preds encounters an SUV driver alleged to be Rios in a shopping mall car parking zone. The motive force says that he was there to choose 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 prison grievance filed towards Rios states that the meet-up try occurred in March 2022.

Rios, who pleaded responsible to a felony depend of contacting a minor with the intent to commit a sexual offense, was additionally sentenced Tuesday to a suspended one-year jail time period. He should serve that yr in custody if he violates the phrases of his probation, which embrace carrying a GPS monitoring machine and finishing a intercourse offender remedy program.

Metropolis Information Service contributed to this report.