HENRICO COUNTY, Va.– A man in Henrico County, Virginia, was arrested after police say he showed up at a motel and was planning to have sex with a 5-year-old girl. He was reportedly carrying a teddy bear, a sex toy and marijuana, police say.
According to WTVR, Louis Ponterio, 54, was in contact with someone several days ago and had arranged to meet a woman and her young daughter with a chance to have sex with the child.
But when he arrived at the Econo Lodge, Federal agents, along with Virginia State and Henrico Police, were waiting for him.
“Members of the Henrico County Police Division’s Vice Unit received information that Ponterio had attempted to procure a minor for the purpose of a sexual relationship,” Henrico Police spokesman Lt. Chris Eley confirmed. “On February 6, 2015, Ponterio communicated with an individual who he believed was arranging an encounter with a minor. On February 7, 2015, Ponterio was arrested in the 5200 block of Williamsburg Road after he traveled to Henrico County with intent to engage in sexual activity with a minor.”
Agents seized marijuana, a teddy bear, cough syrup, Hershey’s kisses, a sex toy and other items from Ponterio, law enforcement sources said.
Ponterio is charged with carrying a concealed weapon, electronic means for procuring minors, object sexual penetration by force, the sale and distribution of marijuana, and forcible intercourse with a victim under 13 as well as prostitution.
Ponterio is being held in the Henrico County Jail without bond.