Accused of trying to buy sex from 12- and 14-year-old girls, a Wyoming man faces up to 10 years in prison.
Adam Paul Custeau, 34, faces one count of attempting to entice a minor to engage in illegal sexual activity, which is punishable by up to 10 years in federal prison and up to $250,000 in fines.
The charge stems from June 21, when Custeau allegedly started texting a phone number in connection with an online advertisement for juvenile prostitutes.
But there were no prostitutes. The contact number Custeau allegedly texted belonged to a federal Homeland Security Investigations agent, identified in the case’s evidentiary affidavit filed Friday as Agent 9403.
Agent 9403 texted with Custeau’s cellphone number, the affidavit alleges, as Custeau tried to set up a rendezvous with one or more young girls.
Custeau asked if the girls were in Casper and asked for a “Qv,” the affidavit says. Drew Cotton, Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation special agent and the affidavit’s author, wrote in the document that “Qv” stands for “quick visit.”
“Custeau later explained a quick visit to mean a short duration meet including sexual acts,” wrote Cotton.
The affidavit says Agent 9403 told Custeau the girls were 12 and 14 years old.
Custeau hesitated, the affidavit says, because the girls were so young.
“Its ok babe not for everyone,” Agent 9403 texted back.
Edited Photos, No Such Girls
He allegedly asked to see a picture of the girls.
The agent sent back photos of undercover agents, fully clothed, but age-regressed to look like young teenage girls, the affidavit says. Agent 9403 also sent the make-believe girls’ names and ages, reminding Custeau, the document says, that they were 12 and 14.
“Wow yes,” Custeau allegedly responded when he saw the altered photos.
He asked for nudes and also asked to meet with “either one,” says the affidavit. “Witch ever one likes (sex acts in various orifices).”
Custeau offered oral sex multiple times, the affidavit claims, adding that he arranged to pay $50 to meet with one of the girls and another $50 to go “bareback,” which means sex without a condom.
The court document says these negotiations continued through June 22.
But He Was Being Watched
Custeau and Agent 9403 arranged to meet at a hotel, the affidavit says.
Other agents watched Custeau go to a convenience store near the hotel and withdraw $100 from an ATM, says the document.
He allegedly said he wanted to choose between the two girls before going to the room and asked if the girls could come out and meet with him.
Agent 9403 said they couldn’t, but she could come down to meet him.
“Okay wel how we gonna do feels kinda sketchy to me,” said Custeau, according to the affidavit. “Sorry I really wanna tho.”
He never went into the hotel, the affidavit indicates. Instead, he allegedly texted “have a good night” to Agent 9403, loitered another nine minutes in the parking lot and left.
Down the road, Wyoming Highway Patrol troopers stopped Custeau and arrested him without incident, then took him to the Wyoming DCI Casper office for an interview.
Custeau asked if he was in custody because of the text-message conversation he had about “those girls,” says the affidavit.
Further into the interview he allegedly confirmed that his phone number was the one Agent 9403 had been texting, that he’d responded to an online advertisement June 21 “that appeared to promote sex with two underage females,” and came to the hotel because of the text negotiations.
To Hide From The Fiancée
Custeau admitted that he went to the nearby gas station to withdraw the $100 cash using his Capital One Savor credit card so that his fiancée would not be able to see the withdrawal, the affidavit says.
Custeau told the agents who interviewed him that he was not planning on having sex with the young girls if he confirmed that they were underage, the affidavit says, but that he was going to notify law enforcement if that were the case.
Clair McFarland can be reached at Clair@CowboyStateDaily.com.