For Immediate Release
PR #:2000025
Date Issued:Feb 20, 2020 - 9:33am

Washoe County man arrested for seduction of a minor that the suspect met online

CONTACT:Bob Harmon
Washoe County Sheriff's Office
Office 775-785-6235
Cell 775-722-5517

Detectives with the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office Crimes Against Children unit arrested Joseph Lawrence Torres-Tamez, age 25, of Washoe County on Wednesday, February 19, 2019 on multiple charges related to sexual contact with a child under 16. The victim became known to the suspect after the two met online.

Torres-Tamez was booked into the Washoe County Detention Facility on two charges of Statutory Sexual Seduction, three charges of Lewdness with a Child 14 or 15 years old, and three charges of Luring.

The charges are related to incidents involving one female victim that occurred in November of 2019 at an undisclosed locations in Washoe County.   

Sheriff’s Office Patrol Division deputies assisted with this investigation.

This is an ongoing investigation, anyone who may have information related to this investigation is asked to contact the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office Detective Division at (775) 328-3320 or Secret Witness at (775) 322-4900. Refer to case number WC19-6084.

Photo: Joseph Lawrence Torres-Tamez


The Washoe County Sheriff's Office is dedicated to preserving a safe and secure community with professionalism, respect, integrity and the highest commitment to equality. Sheriff Darin Balaam is the 27th person elected to serve as the Sheriff of Washoe County since the Office was created in 1861. The Washoe County Sheriff's Office strives to ensure public safety by building trust and creating partnerships within the diverse communities in which we serve. We will promote the dignity of all people supported by our words and actions through open communication while fostering an environment of professionalism, integrity and mutual respect.

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