ALEXANDRIA, Va. (WUSA) -- Johnny Soza, 35, of Stafford, Va., was taken into custody Thursday morning after being accused of luring a 15-year-old Canadian girl to engage in sexually explicit conduct online for him.
The investigation began when a father in Canada allegedly found sexually explicit photos of his daughter and conversations between his daughter and Soza on her iPod, according to indictment and court records. It also states that the girl informed Soza that she was 15 years old when they met online. The two maintained contact from April 2011 through February 2012. Soza allegedly made plans on multiple occasions to travel to Canada for a sexual encounter with the girl and then bring her back to the United States.
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On June 26, Soza was charged with one count of enticement of a minor, which carries a mandatory minimum of 10 years in prison and a maximum of life; two counts of producing child pornography, which carry a mandatory minimum of 15 years and a maximum of 30 years in prison; and one count of receipt of child pornography, which carries a mandatory minimum of five years in prison and a maximum of 20 years, if convicted.
Soza is expected to make his first federal court appearance Thursday afternoon in Alexandria.