Sentencing for AZ man who traveled to CA for sex with minor

Source: FBI
Source: FBI

PEORIA, AZ (Tucson News Now) - An Arizona man, who admitted to traveling to Southern California to have sex with a 14-year-old, was sentenced to 12 years in federal prison.

Michael Killala, 43 from Peoria, admitted to meeting the boy on the Internet in 2011 and traveling twice to meet up with him.

According to court documents, Killala first visited the boy, who lived in Corona, CA in December 2011. A year later, he took the boy to a hotel in Ontario, CA. According to court record, he gave the victim vodka before having sex with him. He was arrested as he was checking out of the hotel.

According to an FBI news release, the victim's mother spoke at the sentencing saying that Killala "preyed on our son for his own perverse sexual gratification." The woman said that her son was "severely traumatized," and that he suffered from debilitating anxiety, flashbacks, overwhelming shame, anger, loss of sleep, nightmares, severe depression and fear that Killala was going to kill him.

He pleaded guilty in August for possession of child pornography. Two of the images were of encounters with his 14-year-old victim.

A search of Killala's mobile phone revealed more than 3,000 text messages between Killala and the boy, as well as Killala's relationship with another teenage boy who exchanged sexually explicit photographs with Killala.

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