WESTMINSTER – A registered sex offender pleaded guilty Friday to attempted lewd acts on a child by arranging on Craigslist to meet what he thought was an underage girl for sex.
It turned out that the “girl” was an undercover Huntington Beach police detective, prosecutors said.
Carlton Earl Griner, 56, of Garden Grove, was sentenced to three years in prison.
Griner posted an ad on Craigslist in January soliciting sex and then exchanged emails with the detective, who pretended to be a 13-year-old girl, prosecutors said. Griner later drove to a shopping center thinking he was going to have sex, prosecutors said, but was instead met by Huntington Beach police officers.
He was required to register as a sex offender in California based on a prior conviction of possessing child pornography in Iowa, prosecutors said.
By LARRY WELBORN / ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER
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