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New Mexico man gets 20 years in federal prison for sexually exploiting Missouri girl

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Raymond C. Vallia

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A 56-year-old man will spend the next 20 years in federal prison for sexually exploiting a Missouri teenager from Henry County, whom he planned to move to his New Mexico apartment. A judge sentenced Raymond C. Vallia to the prison term without parole on Wednesday, following his guilty plea in November.

According to the facts of his plea agreement, Vallia drove from Amarillo, Tex., to Missouri at the end of March in 2015 after months of communicating with the 13-year-old victim through social networking sites. The two used “Kik” to arrange her pickup in the morning hours of March 29 and began driving from her Montrose, Mo., home back to New Mexico. An Amber Alert was issued for the girl after she was reported missing.

On March 30, New Mexico State Police saw Vallia’s car on an interstate and arrested him; the girl was found and returned home to Missouri.

The victim advised authorities that at first she told Vallia she was 16 years old, but later confessed to being 13. Despite the admission, their online conversations continued and became more intimate. According to court documents, the two devised a plan to live together where she would attend a high school in New Mexico and live with Vallia, presenting him as her father.

She also told investigators that they had exchanged explicit pictures, and used Tumblr and Pinterest in addition to Kik to communicate. Police previously said she used an alias to do so.

When Vallia was interviewed, he admitted to making the trip to Missouri and picking the victim up from her home. Additionally, he told detectives he had purchased contraceptives, and the two engaged in sexual activity in a Texas hotel room.

Should Vallia complete his prison sentence, he’ll be subject to supervised release for 10 years according to his plea agreement. He must also register as a sex offender, and pay restitution to the victim.