Jordan Pulido, Roberto Jimenez Convicted For Sex Trafficking

Jordan Jysae Pulido (L) and Roberto Santana Jimenez (R) appear in the photo

A Florida father and son were sentenced to a combined 30 years in federal prison on Friday for conspiring to bring a 15-year-old Croatian girl into the United States for sex.

Jordan Jysae Pulido, 27 years old, was sentenced to 10 years in federal prison. his father, Roberto Santana Jimenez62 years old, sentenced to 20 years in federal prison. United States District Judge Virginia Hernandez-Covington returned the sentences of two defendants, each convicted of multiple counts of child exploitation.

In October 2021, Pulido was found guilty of soliciting and coercing a minor, traveling out of the country to commit an illegal sexual act, and transporting a minor into the United States to perform the activity. sex, according to the US Department of Justice. He and his father were both found guilty of conspiring to transport a minor into the country to engage in sexual activity.

“A child victim has been rescued from these predators, and we hope this sentencing closes several steps on their path to recovery,” said Assistant Special Agent in Charge of Security Investigations. Tampa Homeland Security Timothy Westlove said in a press release.

The 2020 trial revealed a plot to catch the young victim that began when Pulido, 23, met the then 14-year-old girl online via social media and started teaching her to play the guitar.

Beginning in 2017, guitar lessons went on for several months before the younger defendant began to appear in court over romantic feelings. Over the internet, for nearly a year, Pulido lured and forced the teenager to engage in sexual activity.

At the same time, the elderly defendant and his son planned to have Pulido go to Croatia and meet the girl.

“Pulido sought Jimenez’s advice and counsel on how to persuade the child to engage in sexual activity upon arrival in Croatia,” the US Justice Department said in a summary. “Jimenez instructed Pulido on what to do and tell the child and directly communicated with the child about her sexual relationship with Pulido.”

In an online chat with the girl, Jimenez masqueraded as a medical doctor to provide her with fertility and pregnancy advice – in order to avoid becoming pregnant with his son.

In June 2018, Pulido flew from Florida and ended up in Croatia. There, he met the teenager he and his father had groomed and cheated on online, the DOJ said. On the boy’s 15th birthday, Pulido proposed and performed sexual acts on his victim.

The two flew back to Florida together at the end of July 2018.

At some point, she changed her mind and wanted to return to her country and family. But Jimenez took her passport and identification and refused to let the girl go home.

On August 12, 2018, agents from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement rescued the child. An international investigation resulted in the father and son being prosecuted in September 2020.

“What started as a routine welfare check soon escalated,” FDLE Agent Tampa Mark Brutnell speak. “Recognizing subtle signs, our agent knew something was wrong, and quickly gaining the victim’s trust, he was able to rescue this child from sexual abuse. .”

[images via Pasco County Sheriff’s Office]

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