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Ex-CHP lieutenant convicted in child-sex sting

December 22, 2009 12:00:00 AM PST
An Orange County jury found a retired California Highway Patrol lieutenant guilty of trying to arrange a sexual rendezvous with a 13-year-old girl he met on the Internet. The girl turned out to be a female undercover agent.

55-year old Stephen Deck was found guilty Tuesday of attempted lewd acts on a child under 14.

Deck was among 13 people arrested during a sting in February 2006 for trying lure supposed teenagers to have sex.

According to Deputy District Attorney Robert Mestman, Deck brought a digital camera and condoms with him when he drove from Oceanside to meet the agent who he thought was a girl at a park in Laguna Beach.

He had been out on bail since his arrest but was taken into custody Tuesday.

Deck is scheduled to be sentenced Jan. 2 and could face up to four years in prison.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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