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O.C. Man Arrested for Soliciting a Minor, Mother in Sex Sting

A 21-year-old Orange County man apparently did not realize that posting public Craigslist ads looking for sex with a mother and her underage daughter wouldn’t draw the attention of authorities. Instead, Shaw Bruce Warrington allegedly posted 25 ads on Craigslist, 10 of which included soliciting a minor, and was arrested in a sex sting on Thursday, reports The Orange County Register.

With ads containing such reported requirements as “young or under age is cool like high school and below,” Warrington thought he had caught the attention of a 13-year-old girl and her mother. Instead, he was actually agreeing to meet up with authorities who had set up a sex sting and had been posing as the teen since August. Officials were made aware of Warrington’s ads by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, which first noticed them.

Warrington was arrested in front of a Starbucks in San Juan Capistrano when he allegedly walked up to a car that he thought contained the mother and underage daughter. He reportedly pulled up in a white van with a mattress in the back and had a condom in his pocket. He was booked on suspicion of meeting a minor for sex, and bail was set at $20,000.

Under California law, the age of consent is 18-years-old. If a person engages in sex with a minor who is more than three years younger, sex with the minor could potentially be a felony crime. The penalties also increase if the minor is under 16 years of age and the solicitor is 21 or older. Even if you don't engage in sex, the simple act of communicating with a person you should reasonably know to be a minor for the purpose of soliciting sex is a crime.

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