New Mexico Man Arrested on Internet Sex Charge

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

A federal sting in Reno led to the arrest of a New Mexico man accused of traveling to Nevada to have sex with a 14-year-old girl he thought he had talked with on the Internet.

Michael Anthony Anaya, 30, Santa Fe, in fact had been conversing with a Washoe County sheriff's deputy posing as the girl on the Internet, authorities said Wednesday.

FBI agents arrested him Sunday when he arrived in Reno allegedly for the purpose of meeting and having sex with the girl. He was arrested on federal charges of suspicion of travel with the intent to engage in a sexual act with a juvenile and enticement of a juvenile.

The local sheriff's office also booked him on suspicion of using technology to lure a juvenile for sexual purposes and attempted sexual assault.

Court records indicate Anaya, a manager at Rio Grande Drywall Supply in Santa Fe, used his work computer to access chat rooms and talk with people from around the country.

In his conversations with the 14-year-old girl, Anaya told her he was afraid that talking to her would get him in trouble. Later, he mailed her six packages using his work address as his return address.

The packages contained a laptop computer, jewelry, lingerie, a digital camera, a cell phone, $600 in cash, perfume, a jar of peanut butter and five cans of vegetables, according to court records.

Anaya was being held in the Washoe County jail in lieu of $100,000 cash bail. He was scheduled to be arraigned Dec. 18.

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