Caldwell man sentenced for sexual abuse of a minor

A Caldwell man was sentenced to 20 years in prison on Tuesday for sexual abuse of a child under age 16.

Alejandro Gonzalez, 33, of Caldwell, must serve at least 10 years before he is eligible for parole.

Gonzalez was caught trying to lure a 15-year-old girl into his car as she was walking home from school in April of this year. Gonzalez admitted to attempting to coax the teenager into his car numerous times, according to a Canyon County news release.

He may also have to serve an additional 9 1/2 years in prison, left from a previous case where Gonzalez was found guilty of sexual abuse and exploitation of a vulnerable adult in 2008. Gonzalez had served 5 1/2 years of a 15-year sentence when he was released on parole, said Canyon County spokesman Joe Decker.

The victim in the newer case told police that as she was on her way home, Gonzalez kept approaching her and made attempts to hold her hand, kiss her and lure her inside his car. Gonzalez later admitted he hoped the encounter with the underage girl would lead to sex.

Gonzalez, who is a registered sex offender, also admitted to approaching another underage female who ended up running away from him.

In addition to time in prison, 3rd District Judge Christopher Nye ordered Gonzalez to pay court costs and make no contact with the victim for 20 years, according to the release.