(NEW YORK- AP) A New York City man traveled to southern New Jersey to sexually assault an underage girl he met online, federal prosecutors say.
Richard Gabriel Piedra Ordonez is charged with transporting a minor with the intent to engage in criminal sexual activity and traveling for the purpose of engaging in illicit sexual conduct. It wasn’t known Thursday if the 35-year-old Queens resident retained an attorney.
Piedra began chatting with the girl in May, using various social media and messaging programs, prosecutors say. He eventually traveled to Cape May County to have sex with the teen, who is under 16, and also drove the girl to his home and engaged in criminal sexual activity with her, they say.
If convicted, Piedra faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years in prison and a possible life term.