Caldwell man who solicited teen girls on Facebook will serve at least 5 years in prison

newsroom@idahostatesman.comJuly 8, 2014 

ALEX RANGEL

PROVIDED BY ADA COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE

A 20-year-old Caldwell man who tried to lure young teenage girls into sex using Facebook and other social media sites has been sentenced to life in prison, with eligibility for parole in five years.

Alex E. Rangel was charged with lewd conduct in Ada County for having illegal sexual contact in March with a 14-year-old girl he met over the Internet. He was also accused of trying to entice a 13-year-old girl through Facebook in November.

Ada County Sheriff's investigators said Rangel had contact with more than two dozen young teen girls on Facebook. He also used meetme.com and Kik Messenger.

Detectives arrested Rangel on Dec. 10 at a home in the 17000 block of Mountain Springs Avenue in Caldwell on a felony enticement charge involving a 14-year-old girl in Caldwell. He also was charged with a felony count of delivery of a controlled substance to a minor and a misdemeanor count of providing alcohol to a minor.

Rangel was sentenced last week to life in prison, with five years fixed, on the Ada County lewd conduct and enticement charges. On Tuesday, he was sentenced to 10 years in prison, with five fixed, on the Canyon County child enticement charge.

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