Fresno man sentenced to coercing a minor

A Fresno man coerced a minor after being released from the Fresno County Jail on bail.

A Fresno man was sentenced to a decade and a half in prison for attempted coercion of a minor and enticement of a different minor. 

Christopher Contreras, 30, will spend 15 years and nine months in prison and 20 years of supervised release. 

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Driving the news: Court documents state that Contreras used Skout and Snapchat and text messages to engage in sexually explicit communications for about a week with someone who he believed to be a 13-year-old female. 

  • Contreras traveled to a location in Fresno on July 31, 2020, to meet with the minor for sexual activity, but he was actually communicating with undercover law enforcement investigators. 
  • He was arrested and booked into the Fresno County Jail and released on bail. 
  • Law enforcement officers then responded to a call about a missing juvenile on Oct. 13, 2020. 
  • Officers found that Contreras picked the juvenile up at a location in Fresno after talking through the Meet Me application. 
  • He was arrested for numerous felony violations of California law and once again booked into the Fresno County Jail. 
  • Contreras was later charged federally in the case and has been in federal custody since June 2021. 

What we’re watching: During the 20 years of supervised release that Contreras faces, his access to minors, computers and the internet will be restricted. 

  • Contreras was also ordered to register as a sex offender. 
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