Cresco man arrested for child "sextortion", mom charged for drug trafficking

Luis Manuel Montero, 19, of Cresco and his mother, Evelyn Sanchez, 52, also of Cresco.

A man from Cresco was arrested for child pornography, stalking, and drug trafficking charges.

The Monroe County District Attorney's office says Luis Manuel Montero, 19, threatened a 16-year-old girl back in April to send him sexually explicit pictures of herself.

Montero allegedly had sexually explicit pictures of the girl when she was 14-years-old and told her that he would send them to her friends and family. He later sent the pictures to her friends through social media after she refused.

Investigators say they showed up to Montero's home in Paradise Township on June 12, 2018, and instead found his mother, 52-year-old Evelyn Sanchez.

Authorities found 11 pounds of marijuana, psilocybin mushrooms, 11 sheets of “shatter”, which is a concentrated cannabis extract, several digital devices, and drug paraphernalia consistent with the sale of controlled substances.

Montero was in Las Vegas, Nevada, at the time and was taken into custody after his flight arrived at the Newark airport.

The district attorney says Montero admitted to the sexual exploitation of the teen. He said he did it as revenge for her speaking to other males but not him.

Montero is facing charges of attempted production of child pornography, possession of child pornography, unlawful contact with a minor, and criminal use of a communication facility, as well as misdemeanor charges of corruption of minors and stalking.

Sanchez is also charged with drug trafficking, according to the release. She is currently free on $25,000 bail

Montero remains behind bars in New Jersey awaiting extradition to Pennsylvania.


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