CORPUS CHRISTI, TEXAS
A South Texas woman plead guilty Tuesday to one count of sex trafficking a 9-year-old girl, according to officials.
Maria Candelaria Losoya, 55, from Brownsville, and admitted she was responsible for the continued sexual assault of a 9-year-old victim which began in Brownsville in 2012.
The man accused of assaulting the nine-year-old, 55-year-old David Wills of Rockport, was arrested back in July. The indictment against Wills stated that Losoya would visit him in Rockport so that he could pay to continue assaulting the girl.
Later, she traveled with the victim so that the assault could continue. She further admitted that she did so in exchange for money.
“Rescuing the children from these situations is our immediate concern,” said Mark Dawson, special agent in charge of Homeland Security Investigation in Houston. “While we cannot give back the innocence that’s been stolen from them, we can make sure that those who commit these horrible crimes are brought to justice.”
Losoya’s sentencing is set for Nov. 16.
At that time, she faces up to life in federal prison, and a possible $250,000 maximum fine, according to officials.
After she completes her sentence, Losoya also faces a maximum of life on supervised release.
Losoya must also register as a sex offender.
She was permitted to remain on bond pending her sentencing hearing.
David Wills Wills was arrested at the Corpus Christi International Airport by the U.S. Marshals Gulf Coast Violent Offenders Task Force, according to 6 KRISTV.com
They said he was about to board a plane and head to Washington, DC.
According to the website for Global Clue Technology, Wills was the chairman of the company as recently as April, the KRISTV report states.
GBT is a private business researching cleaner and more efficient ways to raise shrimp, and has facilities both in the Coastal Bend and Rio Grande Valley, according to its site.
Wills also has a history of accusations of embezzling money while working for various Humane Society locations outside of Texas, although most never resulted in convictions, the KRISTV report said.
Along with setting his bond, Judge Jose Longoria also ordered him not to leave the Coastal Bend if he is able to make bond.
Homeland Security has arrested more than 16,000 individuals for crimes against children, including the production and distribution of online child pornography, traveling overseas for sex with minors, and sex trafficking of children.
Wills is facing a lengthy prison sentence also.