A Denton County man who already has two convictions for sex crimes was sentenced Wednesday to 30 years in prison for his third offense.
When Adam Joshua Cortez, 31, gets out of prison, he’ll be on probation for the rest of his life, federal authorities said.
Cortez was convicted in May of trying to entice who he thought was a 14-year-old girl to have sex with him. It was an undercover police officer posing as a teenager online, federal authorities said.
Cortez made contact with the undercover officer in July 2011, using the Internet and a cellphone. He was convicted of similar crimes in state courts in 2002 and 2004. He committed the second offense while on probation for the first, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.
Cortez, a registered sex offender, has recently been living in Justin.
The case was prosecuted as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide effort begun in 2006 by the Justice Department to fight cases of child sexual exploitation and abuse.
Garland police’s Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force investigated the crime along with the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations.