Knoxville man indicted for transporting minor across state lines

Knoxville man indicted for transporting minor across state lines for sex

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Jose Santos Argueta (Source: Blount County Sheriff's Office) Jose Santos Argueta (Source: Blount County Sheriff's Office)

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - A Knoxville man has been indicted by a federal grand jury on charges he transported a minor across state lines for the purpose of engaging the child in sexual activity.

On Dec. 4, 2012, a federal grand jury indicted an Jose Santos Argueta, 42, of Knoxville. Argueta is an El Salvador citizen who is currently residing in the United States illegally.

Argueta is charged with interstate transportation of a minor to engage in illegal sexual activity. 

The indictment alleges that between December 2010 and January 2011, within East Tennessee and elsewhere, Argueta transported an individual who had not attained 18 years of age in interstate and foreign commerce for the purpose of engaging in illegal sexual activity with the minor.     

On Monday, Argueta had an initial appearance in court. His trial is scheduled for Feb. 19, 2013, before U.S. District Judge Thomas A. Varlan. 

If convicted, Argueta faces a mandatory term of 10 years and up to life in prison, a fine of $250,000, a term of supervised release of not less than five years and up to life, and a $100 special court assessment. 

Assistant U.S. Attorney Melissa M. Kirby will represent the United States.

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.

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