CAPE CORAL, Fla.- A former Cape Coral resident pleaded guilty yesterday, to attempting to help someone travel from Florida to Ecuador for sex with minor girls.
Patrick Minga, 50, faces a maximum penalty of 30 years in federal prison. His sentencing hearing has been scheduled for November 20.
During the change of plea hearing, Minga admitted that he advertised, on Craigslist, a sex tourism business in Ecuador that could facilitate lodging, transportation, meals, and unlimited access to females for a fee. An undercover task force agent spotted the ad and contacted Minga. Over the course of several months, Minga tried to 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, Minga traveled from Ecuador to the United States, where he was arrested by agents in Huntsville, Alabama. Minga will remain detained pending further proceedings.