Man caught in sex sting faces prison sentence



A Reno man may face up to nine years in prison for attempted abuse of a child by exploitation and solicitation a child for prostitution. 

Jose Velazquez-Guerrero, 30, was arrested in July during an underage prostitution sting.

According to documents Velazquez-Guerrero contacted an officer posing as a 17-year-old female via an escort website. He agreed to meet with and pay the officer posing as a child $125 in exchange for sexual intercourse or other sex acts and drove to the location provided by the officer posing as a child in Douglas County. 

Velazquez-Guerrero pleaded guilty and is scheduled to be sentenced June 21.

• A former Foothill resident, who originally was arrested for stealing tools from a truck, was sentenced to a second prison term on Tuesday for smuggling heroin into the jail.

Cameron Chase Wellbrock, 32, was arrested for the thefts on Oct. 7, 2021. He entered a guilty plea on Nov. 23, 2021, in district court to grand larceny.

He was released, but turned himself in on Dec. 2, 2021, on another charge, which is when it was discovered he’d concealed heroin on his person in an effort to smuggle it into the jail.

He was released again a week later with an ankle monitor and ordered to appear in court on Jan. 4 for sentencing on the theft charge. He claimed he had COVID and his sentencing was delayed until Jan. 18. When he failed to turn up, a nationwide no-bail warrant was issued for his arrest and he was brought back to Douglas County on Feb. 17.

He was sentenced to 19-48 months in prison on the theft charge on March 8 and ordered to pay $375 restitution. 

On Tuesday, he received another 16-40 months in prison on the drug charge. Both sentences were ordered to run concurrently.

He was given credit for 94 days time served.

• A Lake Tahoe man, who was convicted of drug trafficking in 2019, admitted on Monday that he was in possession of methamphetamine.

Shawn Gary Stenzel, 32, faces 1-4 years in prison after entering a guilty plea in Douglas County District Court.

He was arrested in an Oct. 11, 2021, traffic stop with .6 grams of the substance, according to his attorney.

Under an agreement, Stenzel will remain in custody until his May 16 sentencing. He is one of four men bound over on April 1 in connection with a jail-cell beating. 

Kevin Louis Cucuck, Randy A. Martin and Devin Thomas Nestroyal are due in district court later this month. 

• A Sparks woman who admitted to principal to burglary was allowed to participate in a diversion program that will allow her to avoid a felony conviction if successful.

Sarah Elizabeth Chapple, 27, appeared in Douglas County District Court on Monday with attorney Maria Pence.

Chapple and husband Marc both admitted taking an unemployment benefit card they received in the mail for a former roommate.

The couple charged around $10,000 on the card, including purchasing a laptop and a cell phone, for which they also bought a protection plan using their own personal information.

Marc Glen Chapple, 30, received a suspended 1-4-year prison sentence after admitting charges of burglary and fraudulent use of a credit card.

Under the agreement Sarah Chapple must participate in weekly counseling sessions while on diversion.

• A 36-year-old Lake Tahoe man faces sentencing on May 9 after he violated his probation by having methamphetamine.

Paul Edward Baum admitted to a count of third or more possession of a controlled substance.

He was on probation when he was arrested on March 8 after being pulled over for speeding for a 2020 drug possession conviction.

Baum also admitted violating his probation and was reinstated.


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