A 24-year-old Modesto man has agreed to a plea deal and is expected to be sentenced to three years in prison for having sex with a 13-year-old Turlock girl he met on social media.
Eladio Ramirez Tizoc on Wednesday pleaded no contest to one felony count of committing lewd and lascivious acts with a child younger than 14, according to the Stanislaus County District Attorney’s Office. In exchange for his plea, prosecutors last week dropped eight other felony counts of sexual misconduct with a minor.
Along with the three-year prison sentence, Tizoc will be ordered to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life and to stay away from the victim. Deputy District Attorney Monika Saini prosecuted the case.
Authorities have said Tizoc first encountered the girl online when she was 13 years old, following and commenting on her Instagram postings. Instagram is a photo- and video-sharing social media service. Eventually, Tizoc arranged to meet her.
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Turlock police investigators learned Tizoc had as many as four encounters with the girl in four weeks. Some of the sexual encounters occurred when the girl was 14. After a week and a half of investigation, police arrested Tizoc at his home. He was booked at the county jail Dec. 4, 2013.
On Dec. 30, 2013, the District Attorney’s Office filed a criminal complaint against Tizoc. Prosecutors charged him with the nine felony sexual offenses, which included unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor, sodomy with a minor, lewd and lascivious acts with a child younger than 14, and penetration with a foreign object.
Tizoc bailed out of jail and never appeared for his Jan. 3, 2014, arraignment hearing. Six days later, his mugshot and information were added to the list of most wanted fugitives on the Stanislaus Area Crime Stoppers website. He also was listed on federal websites and phone apps.
Nearly a year passed before authorities announced that Tizoc had been captured trying to enter the U.S. from Mexico. Tizoc was arrested by U.S. Border Patrol agents, and Turlock police took custody of him Nov. 3, 2014.
The defendant has remained in custody since then. Tizoc is scheduled to return to court Nov. 18 to be formally sentenced.