Patrick Minga Sentenced For Attempted Sex Trafficking
By Brevard County Sheriff // February 6, 2015
sentenced to four years, nine months in prison
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – The United States Attorney’s Office announced that Patrick R. Minga, 50, was sentenced Thursday in Federal Court by Judge Anne Conway for attempting to induce and facilitate, for his own financial gain, the travel of an individual from Brevard County to Quito, Ecuador, so that the he could engage in illicit sexual conduct with minor girls.
He also will be required to register as a sex offender.
Minga advertised on Craigslist, a sex tourism business in Ecuador that could facilitate lodging, transportation, meals, and unlimited access to females for a fee.
Agent Mike Spadafora of the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office observed the ad and contacted Minga.
Over the course of several months, Minga tried to induce and arrange the travel of the undercover agent from Florida to Quito, where Minga advised that he could provide sexual encounters with minors as young as 13 and 14 years of age.
On March 2, 2014, Minga traveled from Ecuador to the United States, where he was met by agents from the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office and ICE/HSI who subsequently arrested him in Huntsville, Alabama.
The investigation was conducted by the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office Sexual Offender/Predator Registration and Tracking Unit, the Department of Homeland Security and the United States Attorney’s Office.
“This case is another fine example of interagency cooperation that targets vile predators who prey upon the most precious things in our lives, our children,” said Sheriff Wayne Ivey.
“If your intent is to harm a child, our intent is to track you down and bring you to justice!”
For additional information concerning this investigations, please contact Major Tod Goodyear by pager through the Sheriff’s Office Communications 321-633-7162.