Gabriel Toro, a 31-year-old film critic with bylines in IndieWire, CinemaBlend, and Den of Geek, pled guilty this month to charges including soliciting pornographic pictures from a 14-year-old girl and posting advertisements for sex with the girl on Craigslist. He faces a minimum of 10 years in prison.
The U.S. Department of Justice published a news release about the Bronx-based critic's guilty plea last week. It reads in part:
Gabriel Toro, 31, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge William J. Martini in Newark federal court to an information charging him with one count of online enticement of a minor to engage in criminal sexual conduct.
According to documents filed in the case and statements made in court:
Toro admitted that between December 2011 and August 2014, he used the internet to induce a 14-year-old girl to engage in criminal sexual conduct including taking pictures of her genitals for him. Toro also admitted to distributing images of the girl to another individual and posting advertisements on Craigslist for individuals to have sex with the minor in exchange for money.
Toro apparently had a history with online film message boards such as Rotten Tomatoes and CHUD.com, where posters have traded rumors and about his alleged predatory behavior in the days since the guilty plea.
I dated Gabe last summer up until his arrest. Due to the lack of information and communication concerning his disappearance, I did some digging online and found out about his history on RT and CHUD, including the abusive relationship he had with one of the site users a few years ago.
When I found out he got arrested, I had a feeling that he was involved in something like this. I was 19 when we were dating, and we explored some fucked up, taboo things together. But foolishly I thought it was just fantasy for him as it was for me... clearly that isn't the case.
Wow. I somehow feel CHUD helped bring him to justice...I mean the prosecutor had to have scanned his posts here right? They pretty much condemn him by themselves.
Toro will be required to register as a sex offender, according to the DOJ's release. He will be sentenced on June 25.