☷Vallejo Man Pleads Guilty to Flying to the Philippines with the Intention of Engaging in Sexual Conduct with a Child
Federal Bureau of Investigation ( By Press Release office)
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Vallejo Man Pleads Guilty to Flying to the Philippines with the Intention of Engaging in Sexual Conduct with a Child SACRAMENTO , Calif . — Balbino Sablad , 80 , of Vallejo , pleaded guilty today to traveling with the intent to engage in illicit sexual conduct , U . S . Attorney Phillip A . Talbert announced . According to court documents , in 2019 , Sablad flew to the Philippines with the intention of engaging in sexual conduct with a child under the age of 16 . Using Facebook , Sablad had engaged in sexual chats with a person he believed was the intended minor victim and he sent the intended minor victim over $2 , 000 prior to his travel to the Philippines . Before he arrived , he also discussed with a co - conspirator his plan to sexually abuse the intended minor victim in the Philippines . This case is the product of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation . Assistant U . S . Attorney Rosanne Rust is prosecuting the case . Sablad a sentencing hearing is scheduled before U . S . District Judge Troy L . Nunley on Aug . 1 , 2022 . Sablad faces a maximum statutory penalty of 30 years in prison and a $250 , 000 fine . The actual sentence , however , will be determined at the discretion of the court after consideration of any applicable statutory factors and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines , which take into account a number of variables . This 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 . Led by the United States Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section , Project Safe Childhood marshals federal , state , and local resources to locate , apprehend , and prosecute those who sexually exploit children , and to identify and rescue victims . For more information about Project Safe Childhood , please visit www . usdoj . gov/psc . Click on the “resources” tab for information about internet - safety education .
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