A Virginia man was convicted this week of solicitation of a minor after getting caught in a sex sting trying to meet up with a teenage girl.
Ray Calvin Lester, 29, was arrested in January after getting caught as part of a Craigslist sting conducted by police in Louisa, Virginia, WTVR reports. Lester was suspected of soliciting a 14-year-old girl for sex with plans to meet near her house. Police searched Lester’s car upon his arrest and discovered a pistol in the driver’s side door and a rope in the console.
“This case is an example of why it is a priority to police the Internet,” Attorney Rusty McGuire said.
“Only Lester knows why he had a gun and rope for a meeting with a child but the officers ensured it was not used," he added. "If the task force was not active online placing a shield over Louisa’s children, Mr. Lester would have likely met a real child.”
Lester, who is reportedly married with a 3-year-old daughter, was convicted on Wednesday on two counts of solicitation of a minor, and now faces up to 60 years in prison. His sentencing is schedule for August 24.
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