Virginia man is locked up after he was arrested in a motel where he came to meet an underaged child for sex.
Louis Ponterio, 54, thought that he had arranged a meeting with a woman who was going to sell her 5-year-old daughter to him in room 116 in Econo Lodge in Henrico, Virginia. When he got there he was confronted by undercover agents who arrested him on sight. The man is being held in Henrico County Jail without bond.
“Members of the Henrico County Police Division’s Vice Unit received information that Ponterio had attempted to procure a minor for the purpose of a sexual relationship,” Henrico Police spokesman Lt. Chris Eley told reporters. “On February, 6th, 2015, Ponterio communicated with an individual who he believed was arranging an encounter with a minor. On February 7th, 2015, Ponterio was arrested in the 5200 block of Williamsburg Road after he traveled to Henrico County with intent to engage in sexual activity with a minor.”
Agents were able to also seize “marijuana, a teddy bear, cough syrup, Hershey’s kisses, a sex toy and other times from Ponterio,” according to local station WTVR 6. Deputies in Stafford also raided the predator’s home finding more marijuana, weapons, and what they claimed was “digital” evidence.
Ponterio is charged with carrying a concealed weapon, electronic means for procuring minors, object sexual penetration by force, the sale and distribution of marijuana, forcible intercourse with a victim under 13, and prostitution.