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Man sentenced for luring girl out of state on internet

By Heidi Meili, Anchor, hmeili@keci.com
Published On: Jul 11 2013 04:06:11 PM MDT
Updated On: Jul 11 2013 05:38:20 PM MDT
MISSOULA, Mont. -

We are obtaining new information on a man who plead guilty to intent to engage in criminal sexual activity, in a case involving a 12-year-old Flathead Valley girl.

29-year-old Edgard Enrique Le is now facing a 10-year prison sentence and 5 years of supervised release.  Le also will have to pay $100 and forfeit his mobile phone.

Investigators say the Escondido. California. man developed an online relationship with a 12-year-old Flathead girl, traveled from California, picked her up and drove her out of state.  Officers stopped and arrested  Le near Las Vegas and returned the girl to Montana.  This all happened in February of 2012.  

We now have sentencing documents from the U.S District Court in Missoula.  

In these documents, prosecutors state they are confident that if there was a trial, they would have proven that Le engaged in an online romantic relationship with the 12-year-old victim.  Electronic records show conversations about the victim and Le being in love, that they were "engaged" and that they were going to get married.  Le used his cell phone to communicate with the victim. 

The documents go on to state that in early February 2012, Le drove from California to the victim's residence in Flathead County.  On February 13 and 14, 2012, Le transported the victim in an automobile out of the state of Montana.  The intended destination was Le's residence in California. 

Prior to reaching his residence, the vehicle they were riding in was stopped by law enforcement southwest of the Nevada/California border in California.  During an interview with law enforcement, Le stated that his intent was to take the victim to California with him to live.  Once in California, Le intended to have a physical and romantic relationship with the victim that included sex acts.

The agreement outlines that Le will avoid a trial, but will likely serve all of the time imposed.