Police arrested a Newport Beach man Tuesday on suspicion of trying to have sex with a year-old girl in the second arrest of a possible child predator during a Craigslist sting. Gabriel Francis Preto, 27, was arrested on suspicion of lewd or lascivious acts with under 14, disorderly conduct, prostitution, communication with a minor with intent to engage in lewd acts and arranging to meet to engage in lewd acts with a minor, officials said.
Preto was communicating with detectives posing as a year-old girl through e-mail and text messages before he agreed to pay to have sex with her, Lt. Russell Reinhart said. Police arrested a Brea man Dec. Officers have been working to catch child predators for several years and make a couple of arrests each year, Reinhart said.
Police want to send the message that they are watching for child predators in Huntington Beach, Reinhart said. Officers have special training to take part in this kind of police activity and do other similar activities on Craigslist to catch prostitutes. Huntington Beach city attorney responds as City Council may seek outside legal help.
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