Ada County Sheriff’s deputies arrested a 41-year-old Caldwell man who tried to use Craigslist to lure a woman and her pre-teen daughter into having sex with him -– before learning he was actually talking to a detective.
Juan Salinas Jr. is charged with attempted lewd conduct in connection with the case.
Deputies arrested Salinas Jr. in the parking lot of a Meridian hotel early Wednesday evening where he had made arrangements to meet the mother and girl.
Detectives began their investigation in December after they answered a post on Craigslist. “Salinas and the detective exchanged explicit messages over a period of several weeks before they made arrangements to meet Thursday,” said Ada County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Patrick Orr.
Deputies arrested Salinas Jr. and booked him into the Ada County Jail.
The crime of attempted lewd conduct is punishable by up to 15 years in prison and requires anyone convicted to register as a sex offender.
The Ada County Sheriff¹s detectives worked with Idaho Crimes Against Children Task Force, the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force and Canyon County Prosecutor’s Office in the investigation.