The New Mexico man who in March took a 13-year-old girl from her home in western Missouri to live with him has pleaded guilty in federal court to transporting her across state lines to engage in sexual activity.
56-year-old Raymond C. Vallia, III, met the Montrose girl online and she went with him March 29 to live in his apartment in New Mexico. The two spent the night in Amarillo, Texas where they had showered together and had sexual contact. They were caught the next day in New Mexico on the way to his home in Albuquerque.
The two had exchanged nude photos and had explicit conversations online. They intended to live together in his apartment, with her claiming to be his daughter and attending a local high school.
Under the plea agreement, he will spend 20 years in federal prison without parole followed by 10 years of supervised release, and must pay restitution to the victim. He will also register as a sex offender.