luring a minor in Las VegasThe Metropolitan Police Department confirmed that a 31-year-old male was recently arrested for attempting to lure a minor after a disturbing incident occurred near Cottonsparrow Street.

According to police, the suspect, later identified as Irving Malagon, was driving around a neighborhood at around 2:38 P.M. on Thursday, February 15th. He was in a black two-door sedan near North Buffalo Drive and West Elkhorn Road when he saw an 11-year-old alone.

Malagon was allegedly inappropriately touching himself when he pulled up next to the juvenile victim. He then proceeded to attempt to lure the minor to get into the car. He reportedly also asked the child to engage in a sex act.

Thankfully, the young child had a relative with a home nearby that they were able to quickly flee to. The adults called the police to report what happened, but Malagon had already fled the area. One day later, police were able to identify the culprit and track him down.

Malagon has been charged with luring a child to engage in a sex act and open and gross lewdness. He was booked into the Clark County Detention Center. If anyone else in the community has information about other incidents that may have occurred, then they are being asked to reach out to Northwest Area Command Detectives at 702-828-8577.

The Consequences of a Sex Crime in Las Vegas

In Las Vegas, getting convicted of open and lewd grossness can result in up to a year in jail for a first offense. Repeated offenses will increase the penalty to up to four years in prison. A conviction of luring a child to engage in a sex act could lead to a sentence of anywhere from one to fifteen years in prison as well as fines of up to $10,000.

What’s more, getting convicted of a sex crime will mean that you’ll get listed on a sex offender registry even after you serve jail time and get released. Once you’re considered a registered sex offender, you’ll face restrictions when it comes to where you can live, work, and even visit. Your name, picture, past conviction, and even your address will become public information.

All that said, the best way to avoid suffering through these penalties is to consider all your options when it comes to defending yourself. The right criminal defense attorney can help you go over everything that happened, the specific charges you’re facing, your potential defense strategies, and your best course of action.

Depending on what happened, it might be in your best interest to plead guilty to a lesser charge in exchange for leniency. If at all possible, then it’s better to be charged with a crime that won’t cause you to be listed as a sex offender for years to come.

Have you recently been charged with a sex-related crime in Las Vegas? Here at LV Criminal Defense attorneys, our team can help you go over your options. Schedule a meeting with us now to get started.