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Two OKC men plead guilty to child sex trafficking

Two men, including one who illegally re-entered the United States more than a decade ago, entered guilty pleas in federal court this week to charges of child sex trafficking.

Rolando Cifuentes-Lopez, 36, and Eri Leonardo Cifuentes-Lopez , 40, each face a mandatory punishment of at least 10 years and up to life in prison when they are sentenced in about 90 days.

FBI and Oklahoma City Police Department investigators said Rolando Cifuentes-Lopez owned a trailer where two minor victims lived and threatened to evict their family if they did not comply with requests for sex.

From November 2016 to Jan. 18, 2019, he is alleged to have had sex on multiple occasions with each of the minors, who were as young as 14, in exchange for cash or reduced rent.

Eri Cifuentes-Lopez also allegedly had sex with the minors for cash. He was accused of committing the acts from January 2018 to Jan. 18, 2019.

He also was charged with illegally re-entering the United States. Authorities said he was removed from the country on Nov. 2, 2005, but was found in the country again on Nov. 20, 2019, without the consent of the attorney general or the secretary of Homeland Security.

In addition to his sentence for child sex trafficking, Eri Cifuentes-Lopez faces up to 20 years in prison for illegally re-entering the country.

Both men were arrested by Homeland Security investigations after traffic stops on Nov. 20, authorities said. Since that time, they have been in federal custody.

Two other defendants connected with the case previously entered guilty pleas to child sex trafficking, authorities said.

On Aug. 28, Wilson Leonel Gramajo-Maldonado, 29, of Oklahoma City, pleaded guilty to obtaining the two minor victims for commercial sex acts between June 2018 and Jan. 18, 2019.

On Sept. 5, Natalie Dawn Halbert pleaded guilty to two counts of child sex trafficking, one for each of the minors. She admitted that she maintained the minors between November 2018 and Jan. 18, 2019, provided them with condoms and caused them to engage in commercial sex acts.

Halbert and Gramajo-Maldonado each face a mandatory punishment of at least 10 years and up to life in prison. Both are in the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service, authorities said.

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