There was a time when Luis David Montero-Carrasco had a promising career in the NBA. He played for the Miami Heat, the Detroit Pistons and the Portland Trail Blazers. It is likely that he won’t be playing professionally anytime soon. A meeting at the Best Western Hotel at 131 Fairway Dr., in Miami Springs, with a 13-year-old girl is now part of the 25-year-old basketball player’s criminal record. The girl told an officer the two had exchanged nude pictures for about a week before she agreed to meet him for sex.
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By the time a police officer arrived, the girl was leaving the hotel. She told the officer the meeting was consensual after the two had exchanged sexual photos. She also said she had told Montero-Carrasco that she 15 years old, according to the arrest report. Montero-Carrasco told the officer the girl never disclosed her age, but he knew she was underage because of how “young she looked and how immature her text messages sounded,” the officer wrote in the arrest report.
Officers arrested Montero-Carrasco, who was born in the Dominican Republic, Oct. 25 outside of the hotel in Miami Springs. He was released on a $3,500 bond on Oct. 26. Prosecutors charged him with lewd and lascivious battery on a child and interfering with custody. He pleaded not guilty and demanded a trial by jury on Wednesday.
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