A man with a history of sex crimes involving children was sentenced to 15 years in prison on Monday in Pima County Superior Court.
Jesus Roberto Ballesteros, 29, pleaded guilty to aggravated luring of a minor for sexual purposes and sexual exploitation of a minor for engaging in sexually explicit online chats with a girl who was 11 at the time.
Court documents show Ballesteros, who went by "Ryan Aclown" online, offered the girl money if she would perform sex acts.
The girl first told Ballesteros she was 16. She later revealed her true age, after which Ballesteros continued to pursue her.
Tucson police arrested Ballesteros in January after what he thought would be an in-person meeting with the girl.
Police said he showed up at the proposed meeting location with condoms and a USB Web camera.
The original indictment also included two counts of sexual conduct with a minor and child prostitution.
Ballesteros told Judge Teresa Godoy he was glad he was caught and wanted to change his life.
"Being in jail saved my life," Ballesteros said.
In addition to the prison term, he was sentenced to lifetime probation following his release. He'll be required to register as a sex offender and undergo mental-health treatment.
In 2002, Ballesteros received five years' probation for admitting to molesting a 10-year old relative.
He was a juvenile at the time.
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