New Mexico Man Allegedly Paid Undercover Agents to Have Sex with Young Girl

El Paso, TX (KTSM) - A 24-year-old Portales man was arrested on Friday after he allegedly attempted to pay an undercover agent money to have sex with a 10-year-old girl.

The investigation began five months ago when investigators say that Lane Ellsworth, 24, of Portales met with the undercover agent who was posting as a mother of the 10-year-old girl. They say he allegedly offered to pay money to have sex with the young girl.

New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas, the FBI and the Roosevelt County Sheriff's Office coordinated with each other in the investigation into the alleged scheme.

“Protecting New Mexico children from heinous acts of sexual violence and exploitation is our top priority,” said Attorney General Balderas. “I want to thank the FBI and the Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office for their assistance in this matter.”

Ellsworth has been charged with three counts of attempted Criminal Sexual Penetration of a Minor. He was booked into the Roosevelt County Jail on Friday.

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