Las Vegas Resident Sentenced To Over Seven Years In Prison For Attempting To Solicit Child For Sex

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LAS VEGAS – A Las Vegas man was sentenced on September 30, 2022, by U.S. District Judge Cristina D. Silva to 87 months in prison followed by a lifetime term of supervised release for attempting to solicit sex from a minor in exchange for money.

Mario Demarlo Alston (57) pleaded guilty in June 2022 to coercion and enticement. In addition to imprisonment, Alston will be required under the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act to register as a sex offender.

According to court documents, on May 3, 2020, Alston communicated online with someone he believed to be 15 years old. During the message exchange, he attempted to coerce and entice an individual to meet for the purpose of engaging in sexual activity for money. Law enforcement arrested Alston at the meeting place.

In 2017, Alston was investigated for soliciting a 13-year-old child for sex and then sexually assaulting that child. He pleaded guilty to Nevada state charges, but, after he failed to appear for his sentencing, a bench warrant was issued. The bench warrant was active when he was arrested in this case. He was sentenced in his state case.


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U.S. Attorney Jason M. Frierson for the District of Nevada and Special Agent in Charge Spencer L. Evans for the FBI made the announcement.

This case was investigated by the FBI and the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department. Assistant U.S. Attorney Supriya Prasad prosecuted the case.

The case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. Led by U.S. Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood and for information about internet safety education, please visit www.justice.gov/psc.

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