Nampa man who tried to use Facebook to entice a teenage girl last summer will spend at least five years in prison

A 36-year-old Nampa man could spend up to two decades in prison for using Facebook to try to lure a 13-year-old girl into having sex.

Dion Garcia pleaded guilty earlier this year to felony charges of enticement of children over the Internet and possession of sexually exploitative materials.

Garcia found out last week those crimes earned him a prison sentence of up to 20 years — 15 years for enticement and five years for the possession charge.

Ada County prosecutors originally charged Garcia with two counts of enticement and three counts of possession of sexually exploitative materials. Three of those charges were dropped as part of a plea agreement.

Garcia can ask for parole after serving five years.

Detectives began their investigation in August when the parents of a 13-year-old girl discovered sexual messages from Garcia on the girl’s Facebook page and told Meridian police.

An Ada County Sheriff’s Office detective took over the page and began talking to Garcia. They ultimately arranged to meet the morning of Aug. 16.

Deputies arrested Garcia after a traffic stop in the Ten Mile Road/Pine Avenue neighborhood that day — a few miles away from a park where he was supposed to meet the girl.

Garcia will have to register as a sex offender when he is released from prison.

The Ada County Sheriff¹s detective in charge of the case works with the Idaho Crimes Against Children Task Force, a statewide coalition of local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies focused on apprehending and prosecuting people who use the Internet to criminally exploit children.

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