Sponsored by Maverik
overcast clouds
humidity: 100%
wind: 16mph SSW
H 27 • L 26

Undocumented immigrant who had sexual relationship with a teen girl will likely get probation

Crime Watch

Share This
Luis F. Corona | Bonneville County Jail

IDAHO FALLS — A man listed for deportation pleaded guilty Monday after a teenage girl told authorities she’d had a sexual relationship with him.

Prosecutors will request probation for 24-year-old Luis F. Corona as part of a plea agreement. Corona was facing one charge of sexual battery of a minor child age 16 to 17 years old. As part of the plea agreement, the charge was amended to felony injury of a child.

The agreement stipulates Corona is required to participate in sex offender and substance abuse treatment programs.

The prosecution and defense are free to argue for the exact amount of time they see fit for Corona to spend on probation. Felony injury to a child carries a maximum sentence of 10 years. District Judge Joel Tingey will decide whether or not to give Corona prison time or probation and how long Corona will spend in prison or on probation.

In July, the victim told police she had a number of sexual encounters with Corona.

Documents show Corona gave methamphetamine to the victim and took it himself. Over several months, the victim said there were consensual sexual encounters with Corona. But sometimes she would tell him “no.”

The victim also told detectives Corona was from Mexico and living in the United States illegally.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement picked up Corona in January 2018 and scheduled him for deportation, according to court records. When Idaho Falls Police detectives contacted the Department of Homeland Security, they were told he was being held at the Bingham County Jail awaiting trial on prior drug charges.

Previously, Corona was convicted for possession of a controlled substance and sentenced to four years on Aug. 27. He was also sentenced to four years of supervised probation.

Corona is scheduled to be sentenced for the felony injury to a child charge on March 11 at the Bonneville County Courthouse.