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.