An El Salvador man who is living in the United States illegally faces sex trafficking charges.
On Dec. 4, a federal grand jury indicted Jose Santos Argueta, 42, who currently lives in Knoxville, on charges of interstate transportation of a minor for the purpose of engaging the child in illegal sexual activity.
The indictment says the crimes took place between December 2010 and January 2011, within the Eastern District of Tennessee and elsewhere,
His trial is scheduled for Feb. 19, 2013. If convicted, Argueta faces a mandatory term of not less than 10 years and up to life in prison, a fine of $250,000, a term of supervised release of not less than five years and up to life, and a $100 special court assessment.
This indictment is the result of a collaborative investigation by Homeland Security Investigations and the Knoxville Police Department Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.