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Roseville parents conduct their own "police sting"

The rise of social media and Internet communication has given police much more area to cover when investigating crimes. After all, most everyone these days has at some point used a cellphone or computer to communicate with others, whether it is via text messages or email. However, these types of technology can also be used in ways which put people in awkward situations, if their messages are interpreted the wrong way. Recently, a California man was arrested in Roseville for his use of text messages, when allegations were brought that he was attempting to contact a teenage boy to possibly engage in sexual conduct with a minor.

In an act reminiscent of a police sting, the teenage boy's parents went to a hotel room where they allege the 33-year-old suspect had arranged to meet with their son. When he arrived at the hotel on September 29, as they allege was arranged, the parents confronted the man, who then left the scene.

The police then got involved in the investigation, which subsequently led to allegations that the 33-year-old suspect's first contact with the teen was online. The suspect was arrested by Roseville police on October 16, and he was being held in the Placer County jail with bail set at $400,000.

Facing any kind of criminal charge can be difficult, but allegations of sexual contact, or attempted sexual contact, with a minor can come with a whole other set of problems. If convicted, an individual can expect more than a prison sentence, since sex crime convictions also often come with requirements to attend therapy, or even being labeled as a registered sex offender for life. That is why it is so important for anyone who finds themselves in this type of situation to immediately begin to assess the best course for their criminal defense strategy.

Source: news10.net, "Roseville police arrest suspected child predator," C. Johnson, Oct. 18, 2012

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