CAMDEN, N.J. – A New York man was charged with traveling to New Jersey to engage in illicit sexual conduct with a minor under the age of 16 and transporting the minor from New Jersey to New York to engage in criminal sexual activity, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced.
Federal officials said Richard Gabriel Piedra Ordonez, 35, of Sunnyside, New York, is charged by complaint with one count of transporting a minor with the intent to engage in criminal sexual activity and one count of traveling for the purpose of engaging in illicit sexual conduct. Piedra is expected to appear this afternoon before U.S. Magistrate Judge Ann Marie Donio in Camden federal court.
According to documents filed in this case:
In May 2019, Piedra began communicating with a New Jersey resident under the age of 16 using various social media and messaging platforms.
Over the course of the subsequent months, Piedra and the victim met in person and Piedra engaged in sexual conduct with the victim. Piedra traveled to Cape May County to have sex with the victim and also drove the victim to his home in New York City, where he engaged in criminal sexual activity with the victim.
The count of transporting a minor carries a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years in prison, a maximum potential penalty of life in prison, and a $250,000 fine.
The offense of traveling for the purpose of engaging in illicit sexual conduct carries a maximum penalty of 30 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
U.S. Attorney Carpenito credited special agents with FBI’s Atlantic City Child Exploitation & Human Trafficking Task Force, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Gregory W. Ehrie in Newark, the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office, under the direction of Prosecutor Damon G. Tyner, and the N.J. State Police, under the direction of Col Patrick J. Callahan, with the investigation leading to today’s charges. He also thanked the Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office, under the direction of Prosecutor Jeffrey H. Sutherland, for its assistance with the investigation.
The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Daniel A. Friedman of the U.S. Attorney’s Office’s Criminal Division in Camden.
The charges and allegations in the complaint are merely accusations, and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.