A federal jury in Dallas convicted an Irving man on Wednesday of paying a pimp to have sex with a 12-year-old girl, the U.S. attorney’s office said.
Brady Rodriguez-Cruz, 33, was found guilty of one count of conspiracy to commit sex trafficking of children. Authorities say he was a “john” who had sex with the victim.
In addition, he pleaded guilty to one count of possession of counterfeit documents.
His co-defendant, Luis Rivera, 19, also of Irving, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit sex trafficking of children on Oct. 22. He was the pimp in the conspiracy, authorities said.
Rivera met the victim and three other underage girls in Irving in December 2014.
He and his friends took the girls to an empty apartment in Irving where they stayed overnight. The girls did not have any money and did not eat that day.
The next day, the group went to an apartment belonging to Rivera’s underage friend. Rivera told the girls “they needed to engage in commercial sex acts to earn money for food,” authorities said.
Rivera planned to charge $100 for sex with one of the girls. He made some calls and reached Rodriguez-Cruz, who agreed to come to the apartment.
Rodriguez-Cruz arrived with another man. Rivera told the girls to line up so the men could pick who they wanted.
Rodriguez-Cruz selected the youngest girl — the 12-year-old victim — and had sex with her for a negotiated price of $50.
Rodriguez-Cruz had a counterfeit U.S. permanent residence card when his vehicle was pulled over by Irving police in August. The card had his photograph but was issued in another person’s name.
Rodriguez-Cruz faces up to life in prison. A sentencing date has not been set.
Rivera is scheduled to be sentenced on Feb. 4, 2016.