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Cahokia man accused of enticing, attempting to sexually exploit child

A 38-year-old Cahokia man is facing federal charges that he transported and tried to entice a minor for sex, then threatened and coerced a witness to lie under oath in the case.

Ricardo Minor was charged Feb. 22 after a grand jury reviewed his case, according to a release Friday from Donald Boyce, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois.

The charges allege that between Aug. 17 and Sept. 3, Minor tried to "persuade, induce, entice, and coerce" a minor to engage in sexual activity.

A second charge alleges the Cahokia man transported a minor between Madison and St. Clair counties with the intent to engage in sexual activity with the minor.

Prosecutors also allege Minor tried to threaten and persuade a person to testify falsely and tell a grand jury that they were not engaged in a sexual relationship.

If convicted of the enticement and transportation charges, Minor faces anywhere from 10 years to life in prison and up to a $250,000 fine, the release stated. The witness-tampering charge could mean a prison term of up to 20 years and up to a $250,000 fine, if convicted.

Additional information regarding Minor's charges was not available Friday.

The Collinsville Police Department, the St. Louis County Police Department and the FBI's Springfield Child Exploitation Task Force all investigated the case.

Dana Rieck: 618-239-2642, @ByDanaRieck