A Pleasanton man has been convicted of online enticement and international sexual abuse of a 14-year-old girl in England he reportedly met online while playing Clash of Clans four years ago.
The guilty verdict against David John Telles Jr., now 42 years old, was handed down by a federal jury on Monday, according to the United States Attorney's Office. His sentencing hearing is set for Feb. 26.
According to the attorney's office, evidence at Telles' trial showed that he used the internet to entice and induce a child to engage in sexual activity, prior to traveling to England.
"Specifically, Telles used an online messaging application to groom the 14-year-old victim for weeks before he traveled to England with the intent to sexually abuse her in June of 2014," the attorney's office said in a statement Thursday. "After arriving in England, Telles took the victim to two different hotels where he sexually abused her over the course of two days."
The Daily Mail reported in 2014 that Telles was a widower with two then-teenage children of his own, who worked as a carpet fitter. The two met on the internet game Clash of Clans, the news source said, using the direct messaging feature of the game.
Initially, he told her he was a boy about her same age, and they began to exchange phone calls, expressing their love for one another. When Telles eventually admitted his true identity, the girl was infatuated enough not to care, the Daily Mail reported.
When Telles traveled to England in June 2014, he picked up the Cornish teenager in the middle of the night, after she had climbed out of her bedroom window, bringing clothes and her passport, the Daily Mail and BBC reported.
English police officers from the Devon and Cornwall Constabulary caught Telles and rescued the girl, according to the BBC and U.S. Attorney's Office. At the time they were found, the 14-year-old was wearing an engagement ring that Telles had given her, the BBC report said.
Telles was sentenced by the Exeter Crown Court to six years in jail after he admitted "meeting a child following sexual grooming, abducting a child between June 14 and 18, three offences of sexual activity with a child, and engaging in a sexual act in the presence of a child," the Daily Mail story said.
However, two years later, on Oct. 13, 2016 a federal grand jury returned an indictment charging Telles with online enticement of a minor, traveling with intent to engage in illicit sexual conduct in foreign places and engaging in such conduct, according to the attorney's office. Telles was subsequently deported from the United Kingdom, and on Oct. 20, 2016, Homeland Security Investigations arrested him at San Francisco International Airport.
After his conviction this week, Telles is being held in the custody of the U.S. Marshal. He faces a minimum 10-year term of imprisonment, and a maximum of life imprisonment and a fine of $250,000, plus restitution.