The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

October 5, 2012

Bond decreased for Enid man in sex solicitation case

By Cass Rains, Staff Writer
Enid News and Eagle

ENID, Okla. — An Enid man who made arrangements online to meet and have sex with someone who he thought was a 14-ear-old girl had his bond decreased Thursday.

Scott Devan Trongo, 25, appeared Thursday before Special District Judge Brian Lovell with his attorney, Steve Cameron, for a bond reduction hearing. Trongo has been held in lieu of $250,000 bond since his arrest Aug. 30.

Trongo was charged with a single count of soliciting sexual conduct or communication with a minor by use of technology, which is punishable by up to 10 years imprisonment and/or a fine of up to $10,000.

Trongo was arrested Aug. 30 at 3500 McClaflin Drive after making contact through an online classified ad with an Enid Police Department detective posing as a 14-year-old girl.

Cameron told the court he felt the quarter of a million dollar bond was “excessive” and requested bond be lowered to $5,000.

“Mr. Trongo does recognize the seriousness of the charge levied against him,” he said.

Cameron also noted his client was not charged with a crime involving the possession of child pornography or the inappropriate touching of a child.

“He has no prior criminal record whatsoever,” he said of Trongo.

Cameron also said Trongo was a contributing member of his family and would receive their support, as well as the support of his church community.

Assistant District Attorney Irene Asai said she disagreed Trongo’s alleged crime was not as serious as the other crimes mentioned by Cameron.

“This individual believed he was communicating with a 14-year-old and was willing to set up a liaison for sexual purposes,” she told the court.

Asai also said she was unsure if Trongo’s church was fully aware of the allegations levied against him and if they still would offer their support if they knew the facts of the case.

Lovell said he would lower Trongo’s bond to $100,000 with some conditions applied to the bond if it were posted.

“You are to have no use of electronic devices. You can use a rotary phone,” Lovell told Trongo. “No cell phone, computers, iPads, nothing.”

According to an affidavit filed in the case, Sgt. Dustin Albright responded to an online ad, which stated, “Don’t be afraid to email me, all ages and looks welcome, no judgement (sic) here! Just wanna do this asap!” The posting also included two photographs of male genitals.

Albright responded to the ad, posing as a 14-year-old girl. Trongo responded to the email, sending two photographs of himself.

Albright told Trongo he was 14 and he replied, “Wish you would have said at least 16 lol ... that’s the legal age here :( why can’t you just be two years older lol ...”

Trongo explained in detail sexual acts he would perform and provided his phone number and began sending text messages to Albright, eventually asking to meet.

Albright arranged to meet Trongo at the park on 3500 McClaflin Drive, and Trongo said he was driving a gold pick-up and come pick him up, according to the affidavit.

Albright and other officers waited in the area until a gold Ford Ranger turned down McClaflin and headed toward the park. Trongo sent a text message to Albright stating he did not see a park. Officer Justin Lamle initiated a traffic stop on the vehicle and identified the driver as Trongo.

During an interview with Albright, Trongo admitted to posting an ad seeking sex and communicating back and forth with someone he believed to be 14, according to the affidavit. He also said he drove to McClaflin with the intent to meet and have sex with a 14-year-old girl, according to the affidavit.

Trongo was ordered to return to court Oct. 22 for a bond appearance.