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Fontana man convicted of paying teen for sex in Santa Barbara County

A Fontana man was found guilty of paying a 15-year-old girl he met online to have sex with him on two occasions in Santa Barbara County, federal prosecutors announced Monday, Nov. 22, federal prosecutors announced Monday.

The Justice Department’s U.S. Attorney’s Office said 41-year-old Jason D. Taylor was indicted on Friday, November 19, of one count of sex trafficking of a minor and engaging in criminal sexual activity of a minor. a news release.

The DOJ said Taylor contacted the victim on a public website through that website’s Messenger feature before communicating through Instagram Messenger. Prosecutors said that while the victim initially said she was 19, she almost immediately disclosed that she was 16, while she was 15 at the time.

In response, Taylor wrote, “I’ll be honest. I love your age, it’s a little hot,” said the DOJ.

In April 2020, Taylor went to Santa Barbara County twice, picked up the victim, took her to a hotel and paid her a total of $600 for sex, the release said.

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The DOJ said that the same month, a family friend of the victim received messages between Taylor and the victim as being on the family friend’s phone. Authorities said a family member sent Taylor a message that they were reporting her to law enforcement. The DOJ said Taylor deleted the Instagram account, but not before a family friend took screenshots of the offensive communication.

The DOJ said Taylor would face sentencing on February 7, 2022, and would face a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years in federal prison and a statutory maximum sentence of life imprisonment.

The DOJ said the FBI investigated the case with the assistance of the Guadalupe Police Department, the Santa María Police Department and the Fontana Police Department.

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