Caldwell Facebook predator gets life in prison

BOISE - A 20-year-old Caldwell man who used social media sites to lure young girls into having sex with him could spend the rest of his life behind bars.

An Ada County judge ruled Wednesday that Alex Rangel will have a chance at parole after spending five years in prison. Rangel pleaded guilty in March to lewd conduct with a child under 16 and enticement of children over the internet.

In a separate child enticement case in Canyon County, Rangel was also sentenced Tuesday to 15 years in prison, with five years before a chance of parole. His sentences are running concurrently, meaning Rangel will be eligible for parole in 2019.

Rangel used Facebook and other sites to contact and lure dozens of young girls, including a 13-year-old and two 14-year-olds. Detectives say Rangel told one of the teens he was 17, convincing her to meet and plying her with marijuana and alcohol before having sex with her, even though the girl told him to stop.

Rangel's Facebook profile contained false information and did not clearly show his face, so investigators had a difficult time identifying who he was. The man was finally nabbed in December after detectives posed online as another young teen.

Rangel was originally charged in Ada County with two counts of lewd conduct and two counts of enticement as well as a felony count of delivery of a controlled substance to a minor and a misdemeanor count of providing alcohol to a minor. Prosecutors dropped the other charges after his guilty plea.

After the arrest, detectives urged parents to be diligent about keeping tabs on their children's social media and online activities.


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