18-year-old enrolls as elementary student, molests classmate

18-year-old enrolls as elementary student, molests classmate

A teen who groped a third-grade boy at a Hurst elementary school and recruited other victims was sentenced to 20 years in prison on Monday.

Hurst police said Ricardo Lugo, 18, of Fort Worth posed as a 12-year-old last year to enroll at Hurst Hills Elementary School where the incidents occurred.

Lugo on Monday was sentenced to 20 years for indecency with a child, the maximum sentence for the charge, according to court records.

He must serve 10 years in prison before he is eligible for parole, a prosecutor said Monday.

In addition, he was sentenced to 10 years of probation with deferred adjudication for possession with intent to promote child pornography. He had seven counts of possession of child porn and three counts of promotion of child porn.

If he violates his probation, he faces a potential 130 years in prison, according to court records.

“He was a wolf in sheep’s clothing,” said Tarrant County Assistant District Attorney Martin Purselley on Monday who added that Lugo must register as a sex offender for the rest of his life.

Lugo remained in the Tarrant County Jail, where he has been since his arrest late last year.

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