ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A foster father caught trying to solicit sex from a teenage girl during an online undercover sting last year has been sentenced to eight years in prison.
Joshua Saavedra, 46, was led to believe he was negotiating with a mother who was offering sex with her 13-year-old daughter in exchange for money and drugs.
In fact, the person he was chatting with online was an agent with the New Mexico Attorney General’s Office. And when he arrived at an Econolodge on Central in Albuquerque with cash and pills apparently expecting to meet up with the teen, he was arrested. He was later indicted on three felony charges.
Saavedra said at the time that he had no plans to have sex with the child and was only going to report the abuse to authorities.
But in October, Saavedra pleaded guilty to one count of sexual exploitation of children by prostitution. And, on Tuesday, state District Judge Brett Loveless sentenced Saavedra to the maximum time allowed under his plea agreement, eight years. He is also required to register as a sex offender for the remainder of his life.
“Protecting our children from sexual predators remains the top priority for my office,” said Attorney General Hector Balderas, whose office prosecuted the case. “We will continue to investigate and prosecute dangerous adults who are ready and willing to prey upon New Mexican children.”
Saavedra’s attorney could not be reached for comment Tuesday afternoon.