Valley man accused of soliciting 12-year-old girl for sex

McALLEN — A 21-year-old Edinburg man accused of soliciting sex from a 12-year-old girl will go before a federal court judge Thursday.

Luke Aye Leiva was arrested Friday afternoon after of having conversations for more than one week with a Homeland Security Investigations Special Agent who was pretending to be a 12-year-old girl named Carmen, according to a criminal complaint.

On May 25, the agent posted an advertisement on Craigslist.com under the women seeking men section titled, “home from school today, bored a,” the complaint states. Leiva responded to the posting and began communicating with the agent for several days.

“Leiva also sent a number of sexually explicit messages involving sexual activity that he wanted to engage in with the 12-year-old minor ‘Carmen,’” the complaint reads.

On June 3, Leiva arranged to meet the minor at a park to have sex. About 1:54 p.m. agents watched Leiva drive up to the park and exit his vehicle. Agents texted him, “Did you bring protection? Don’t want to get preggo lol,” the complaint states.

The agent continued messaging Leiva asking him to drive to the girls home to pick her up. Leiva was observed leaving the park and was arrested shortly after.

Leiva was appointed a public defender during a preliminary hearing Tuesday where he was remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshals pending a preliminary examination and detention hearing Thursday morning.