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Man pleads guilty in Mount Wolf child-luring case
A York City man accused of trying to lure a Mount Wolf girl into his van has been sentenced to prison.
Wilmer Alexander Cornejo, 26, of East Cottage Place, pleaded guilty in York County Court on Friday, May 4, to corruption of a minor, according to court records.
In exchange for his plea, charges of child-luring and driving without a license were dismissed, records state.
He was sentenced to 11½ to 23 months in York County Prison, plus three years of probation. He also must complete sex-offender treatment, according to court records.
A federal immigration detainer remains in effect against Cornejo, according to prison records. Court documents state he was born in Ecuador.
Northeastern Regional Police said Cornejo was driving his wife's 1999 Ford Econoline van when he offered a 15-year-old girl money to get in.
Detective Brian O'Melko said the girl was walking in the 500 block of Maple Street near Mount Wolf Park in the borough about 6 p.m. Feb. 23, 2017, when Cornejo started a conversation with her while he was sitting in the van.
"He offered her money to get into his van, and told her that he would take her to dinner, and they would have a good time," O'Melko wrote in court documents.
Cornejo told the girl he was 20 years old — five years younger than his actual age at the time — and kept trying to entice her into his van even after she told him she was 15, documents state.
Police flagged down: One of the girl's friends was able to get the license plate number of the van, and an adult in the area who saw what was happening flagged down Northeastern Regional Lt. Howard Daniels, who was driving by.
Police said they determined the van is owned by Cornejo's wife.
When called by O'Melko, the woman said her husband was working that day in Mount Wolf.
But she denied owning a van and only admitted the van was hers when O'Melko read her the license-plate number, documents state.
When O'Melko asked who was driving the van about 6 p.m. Feb. 23, the wife said she was driving her husband to work — a claim later discredited by Cornejo himself, police said.
Cornejo eventually admitted he was driving the van despite not having a license, and he also admitted he was alone in the van, police said.
He acknowledged talking to the girl but claimed all that happened was they greeted each other and that he told her she was too young to be walking by herself in the street, documents state.
Cornejo said he had parked there because "I was watching the park."
— Reach Liz Evans Scolforo at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter at @LizScolforoYD.