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Lemonade stand solicitation goes to trial

A Loudoun judge soon will decide whether the advances a 42-year-old man made toward a 13-year-old girl he met at a lemonade stand were criminal.
Hugo Antonio Callejas, of Leesburg, was charged May 29 with proposing sex with a child after giving his cell phone number to the girl May 25.

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Hugo Antonio Callejas

Details of the incident were recounted during Callejas’ trial Jan. 12.

According to testimony, the girl and her friend, also 13, set up a lemonade stand and bake sale in their Woodlea Manor neighborhood in Leesburg on Memorial Day to raise money for the Relay for Life charity.

Callejas, who was working in the neighborhood, approached the stand three times that day. The third time, he handed the girl a piece of paper with his name and phone number on it.

The girl testified that Callejas told her she was beautiful.

After showing her friend the phone number, she was going to throw it away, but the friend testified she had a feeling they should hold onto it.

The friend gave the number to her parents, who informed police.

Then, a female investigator with the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office, Shannon Cumberledge, called Callejas and pretended to be the 13-year-old girl he solicited.

The two had a total of 11 conversations between May 27 and May 29. Some of those conversations were played during trial Jan. 12.

“You’re beautiful, and I love you,” Callejas said in the first conversation.

In subsequent conversations, he said he wanted to kiss her and touch her.

When the undercover investigator asked him about sex, he first responded that they couldn’t because she was only 13, but later said he would like to see her without underwear.

“If you want to touch a lot, I’ll touch a lot,” Callejas said. “If you want to touch a little bit, I’ll touch you a little bit.”

Callejas also said he would bring her a Corona and a cigarette when they met.

They planned to meet at the Woodlea Manor swimming pool at 5 p.m. May 29. Police were waiting there to arrest Callejas.

During an interview soon after the arrest at the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office with Investigator Wayne Promisel, Callejas denied telling the girl he loved her and that he wanted to touch her.

During the interview, a recording of which was played in court, he said he has a wife and three children, including daughters ages 11 and 13.

Callejas told Promisel that he gave the girl his number so he could buy more cookies from her. When Promisel played the taped phone conversations, Callejas admitted he had lied to Promisel earlier.

William Hassan, Callejas’ attorney, argued that while his client’s words were inappropriate, they were not criminal because he never proposed that she take her clothes off or they have sex.

He spoke only of touching her cheek and hand, Hassan said.

“I don’t think there’s any point where he says, ‘Would you like to have sex with me?’” Hassan said.

Loudoun County Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Gigi Lawless argued that Callejas did propose lascivious behavior when he said the conversation was making him hot and he would be happy for the girl to take her underwear off.

Callejas opted out of having a jury trial, so Judge James H. Chamblin will decide whether he is guilty or innocent.

Chamblin is reviewing the recorded phone conversations again before making a decision and said he will set a date later to announce that decision.

 

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