Alcaraz Jr. gets 13 years for bringing minor across state lines for sexual activity

(Lander, Wyo.) – A Lander man, who has faced numerous sexual assault charges locally, has been sentenced to 13 years in prison from a federal case. 50-year-old Lauro Alcaraz Jr. pleaded guilty in federal court to Transportation of a Minor with Intent to Engage in Criminal Sexual Activity.

The crime reportedly took place in July 2003, when Alcaraz knowingly transported a minor from Arizona to Wyoming for sexual purposes. The 13-year sentence includes $5,000 in fines and assessments.

The Judge ordered that the sentence run consecutively (one after the other) with any sentence handed down in Fremont County. However, the plea agreement filed locally provided that the county sentence would be concurrent (at the same time as) the federal sentence.

The federal sentence was handed down on Aug. 7. The local sentence was supposed to happen on Aug. 11, but Fremont County Attorney Michael Bennett said the sentencing was continued due to the conflict with the plea agreement. The discrepancy could jeopardize the validity of the local plea agreement, putting parties back at square one.

Locally, Alcaraz had pleaded guilty to Immoral or Indecent Acts and would serve between 8 and 10 years in prison. He was originally charged with a single count of First Degree Sexual Assault, but that was removed en lieu of the Immoral or Indecent Acts charge.

Also per the local plea agreement, a second separate case of First Degree Sexual Assault was to be dismissed. The case was formally dismissed in March.

17 Comments

  1. Sheila Haukaas

    What a p.o.s.

  2. Ashleigh Veach

    you only know one side of the story while i do not approve of actions that put minors in harms way sometimes people agree to look bad because they dont want to drag their families through trials for months or even years.

  3. Briana Bloodworth

    Lock his ass up for good!!

  4. Sheila Haukaas

    Is that what happened? Lol idk but I hear bad stuff all the time

  5. Ashleigh Veach

    True we hear bad things all the time but sometimes the story we get isn't the truth or full details. Yes he didn't want to drag his family through long trials.

  6. Larry Huelle

    So once again our county attorney Mr Bennett is not doing his job again. He drops the charges of first degree sexual assault on a guy crossing several state lines. And he wants the sentences to run concurrently. Why? Because he protects criminals. Such a shame Mr Bennett feels the need to victimize criminals and criminalize victims.

  7. Releasda Kraken

    Ashleigh Veach Yes…once again County 10 Enquirer's journalistic credibility is called into question.

  8. Releasda Kraken

    I'ts not like that…Mr. Bennett worked with what he had given that there were also federal charges, which interfered with the local charges. The federal plea agreement was inconsistent with the local prosecution recommendation. Bennett did want to prosecute this case to the fullest, but the feds saw things differently. So the feds are to blame on this one.

  9. Charlie Sue Krebs

    People need to make sure of the information they hear and then spread. The County Attorney, in this case is largely bound by the evidence that he has been handed by law enforcement and any agreement the feds may have which trumps his strategy. Mr. Heller needs to get the facts first before performing an employee performance evaluation. Thank you for your informed explanation based on facts and not opinion.

  10. Charlie Sue Krebs

    Thank you to Releases Karen.

  11. Charlie Sue Krebs

    Releasda Kraken=sorry about my thick fingers

  12. Arlene Russell

    He's always been a worthless wife abuser. He gets what he deserves!

  13. Larry Huelle

    The feds did what was right period. I have seen this man let murders go free. I have seen him let a major drug dealer go. I have seen him let a puke go that has abused his wife in many ways, runs from the cops when they go to perform a random UA. Same puke had filed UAs and he turns a blind eye. I heard out of his own lips him say its not his job to prosecute. Worst DA we have ever had and are less safe because of his actions.

  14. Bryan Gaspadarek

    Ahh the Mann act

  15. Troy Latinis

    Not nearly enough time, hopefully gets what he deserves behind bars

  16. Kati Saw

    Larry's Prayer: Lord I am coming to you because I know I need to forgive others. I don't have anything to bring except my pain, my hurt and my anger a bout what happened. Father I don't know what to do with it all. I don't know what to do with it all. I don't know how to deal with this so I am bringing it to you and laying it at your feet. Your word says I have to forgive others so I am making a decision right now to forgive even though I want to hang on to my bitterness and it is hard to forgive them. Please heal me from the inside so I can let go of this. Help me to pray for others. Please deal with them in the way you know best. Heal them and bless them Lord. Help them to come to know you as their Lord and Saviour and make them into one of your followers. Thank you for taking this burden from me. Thank you for helping others. I ask these things in your precious name Jesus. Amen.

  17. Sheila Haukaas

    well that poor dude :(

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