Man Pleads Guilty to Trying to Lure Girl He Met Online Into Sex

From Times Staff and Wire Reports

A Woodland Hills financial advisor who allegedly called himself "Valleyguy" on the Internet pleaded guilty Friday to luring a 13-year-old Connecticut girl he met in cyberspace to his hotel room, intending to have sex with her.

Francis John Kufrovich, 43, entered the plea in U.S. District Court in New Haven, admitting that he had used the Internet, telephone lines and the U.S. mail in attempts to lure a minor into an illegal sexual act. He also admitted traveling from California to Texas intending to engage in an illegal sexual act with a minor.

Kufrovich, who was prosecuted under a provision of the Communications Decency Act, will be sentenced June 10. He faces a maximum of 20 years in custody and a $500,000 fine.

Federal prosecutors said Kufrovich first met the girl on the Internet in early 1996. In court proceedings, they said he posed several questions to her, including "Are you a virgin?"

Kufrovich was accused of arranging to meet the teenager in March 1996, while she was attending a swim meet in Irving, Texas. He took a room in the hotel where the girl and her mother were staying, prosecutors said, and then lured the pajama-clad teenager into his room.

He tried to have sex with her, prosecutors said, but was interrupted when her mother knocked on the door, searching for her daughter.

U.S. Atty. John H. Durham said Friday that if the case had gone to trial, the government was prepared to present testimony from three other minors about their sexual relationships with Kufrovich.

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