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Lubbock Man Sentenced to 240 Months in Federal Prison for Enticement of a Minor

Nicholas Dominique Bueno, 28, a former teacher and coach at O’Donnell High School, has been sentenced to 240 months in federal prison for enticement and attempted enticement of a minor, announced U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Texas, Leigha Simonton.

Bueno was convicted in June 2023, following a bench trial, of one count of enticement and attempted enticement of a minor. In May 2023, he pleaded guilty to three counts of transfer of obscene material to a minor. U.S. District Judge James Wesley Hendrix, who presided over the case, also ordered Bueno to 25 years of supervised release after his imprisonment. Additionally, he was directed to pay a $5,000 assessment to the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act.

Court documents revealed that Bueno had engaged in an inappropriate relationship with a 14-year-old student, referred to as "Jane Doe." An administrator from O’Donnell High School reported the allegations to the Lynn County Sheriff’s Office in October 2022, leading to an investigation conducted jointly by the Lynn County Sheriff’s Office, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Department of Public Safety, and the Lubbock Police Department, with support from the O’Donnell Independent School District.

During the investigation, it was found that between September 23, 2022, and October 18, 2022, Bueno and Jane Doe exchanged thousands of messages. These messages were revealed to be controlling, grooming, sexual, and enticing in nature. Initially, Bueno denied any communication with Jane Doe outside of school, but later admitted to using a second phone for their conversations. He confessed to destroying the phone after their relationship came to light.

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