LOGAN — A 21-year-old Logan man has admitted to sexting a 10-year-old girl. Guadalupe Vega-Cervantez waived his right to a preliminary hearing and accepted a plea deal from prosecutors. He will remain in jail until he is sentenced next month.
Cervantez appeared in 1st District Court Wednesday afternoon. He pleaded guilty to two counts of sexual exploitation of a minor, a second-degree felony. As part of the agreement, prosecutors dropped the eight remaining charges against him.
Cache County deputy attorney Spencer Walsh told the court how Cervantez began messaging a 10-year-old girl from Missouri in September 2018. He engaged in an inappropriate relationship with the girl online, including the exchanging of pornographic material.
The victim’s parents learned of the relationship and reported it to local authorities, who later contacted the Logan City Police Department.
Walsh said Cervantez willingly turned over his cellphone when officers served a search warrant to his apartment. Multiple images of children being sexually abused were found on it.
Cervantez is originally from Corrine but was living in Logan while attending school. He spoke only briefly during the hearing, telling the court he was willing to waive his rights to a preliminary hearing and trial. He also said he was guilty, when asked how he would plead to the two charges.
Judge Brian Cannell scheduled sentencing for April 30.
Cervantez has been in jail on $100,000 bail since he was arrested in December. He could face up to 15-years in prison.