LOGAN — A 21-year-old Logan man has been sentenced to one-year in jail after admitting to sexting a 10-year-old girl. Guadalupe Vega-Cervantez expressed remorse for his actions, telling the court what he did was wrong.
Vega-Cervantez was sentenced in 1st District Court Tuesday morning. He previously pleaded guilty to two counts of sexual exploitation of a minor, a second-degree felony.
In September 2018, Vega-Cervantez began messaging the young victim, who was living in Missouri. During their communications, he engaged in exchanging pornographic material with her.
The victim’s parents learned of the relationship and reported it to local authorities, who later contacted the Logan City Police Department. When officers served a search warrant to the defendant’s apartment, they found multiple images of children being sexually abused on his cell phone.
During Tuesday’s court appearance, defense attorney Gerald Salcido said his client was a hard working young man that made a horrible mistake. He asked the court to follow a recommended sentence of 210-days, provided by probation agents, based on state legislative guidelines.
Cache County deputy attorney Jacob Gordon said there was no question that what Vega-Cervantez did was wrong and the defendant knew it. He asked the court for a prison sentence, explaining that the victim’s life will be affected forever after being exploited.
Judge Brian Cannell said he was concerned with the recommended sentence and ordered Vega-Cervantez to instead serve one-year in jail, giving him credit for 148-days he had already served. He told the defendant if he wasn’t so young he would be heading to prison because of the seriousness of the crime.