LAS VEGAS – A Las Vegas man who works as a family and marriage counselor, appeared in federal court Wednesday after his arrest on charges that he solicited a minor for sex.
Ian Alexander Pincombe, 45, is charged in a criminal complaint with coercion and enticement of a minor. Pincombe appeared Wednesday before U.S. Magistrate Judge Carl W. Hoffman and was detained pending a preliminary hearing on May 21.
According to the criminal complaint, on April 30, a Henderson Police Department Detective initiated an undercover operation regarding using technology to lure a minor. The detective located an advertisement on Craigslist.com in which an individual, later identified as Pincombe, was seeking females for sex and had included a nude photograph.
The undercover detective, posing as a 13-year-old girl, began communicating with Pincombe. Over the next two days, Pincombe allegedly exchanged sexually explicit emails and text messages with the girl, one of which included a sexually explicit photograph of himself.
On May 2, Pincombe was arrested by Henderson Police Department Officers at a shopping center parking lot in Henderson where he had agreed to meet the girl for a sexual encounter.
If convicted, Pincombe faces a minimum of 10 years to life in prison, and a $250,000 fine.
The case is being investigated by the FBI, the Henderson Police Department, and the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, and is being prosecuted by Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Allison Herr and Assistant U.S. Attorney Cristina D. Silva.
The FBI says if anyone was victimized or knows a potential victim to contact the Las Vegas FBI office at (702) 385-1281.
— From news release