- Associated Press - Monday, August 28, 2017

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) - Federal prosecutors say an Illinois man is headed to prison for traveling to Connecticut to have sex with a 15-year-old girl he met through an online chess app.

The U.S. Attorney’s office says 53-year-old Arturo Castro, of Wilmette, Illinois, was sentenced Monday to 10 years behind bars. He pleaded guilty in June to use of an interstate facility to persuade a minor to engage in unlawful sexual activity.

Court documents say Castro began communicating with the girl around December 2013 through the “Chess with Friends” app. Authorities say he used the app’s chat option to ask the girl to send him explicit photos and videos of herself.

In 2014, prosecutors say Castro traveled to Connecticut and engaged in illicit sexual activity with the victim.


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