On September 25, 2019 U.S. District Judge Sheri Polster Chappell sentenced Romeo Valentin Sanchez to life in federal prison.

Details of the Investigation:

Romeo Valentin Sanchez (32 of Cape Coral), a convicted sex offender, lured a 14-year-old victim into a sexual relationship that lasted several months. In addition to engaging in sex acts with the victim, Sanchez also induced the victim to make and send him pornographic videos.

After officers from the Cape Coral Police Department seized Sanchez’s phone and informed him that he was under investigation for his sexual exploitation of the first victim, Sanchez obtained a second cellphone and attempted to entice a second middle-school-aged child into a sexual relationship. Sanchez lured the victim by creating a fraudulent social media profile of a 13-year-old boy in an attempt to trick the victim into a sexual relationship. Although no in-person encounter occurred with the second victim, Sanchez was able to induce the victim to send him child pornography.

This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Innocent Images Task Force and Detective Jason Hicks of the Cape Coral Police Department. It is through collaboration that Sanchez was brought to justice. Great job Detective Jason Hicks!!!!

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