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O.C. man arrested in Craigslist sex sting

Police arrested a man after he arranged to meet and have sex with a fictional 13-year-old girl he met on Craigslist.

May 13, 2010 12:00:00 AM PDT
Huntington Beach police have arrested a 38-year-old Mission Viejo man on charges of attempted lewd contact with a minor. Investigators say Howard Houchen Wang was trying to make contact on Craigslist. Officials say detectives, posing as a 13-year-old girl, were sent lewd internet communications from Wang. They also say Wang sent lewd images of himself to the minor.

Wang was told numerous times that the female was 13-years-old. Investigators say Wang made arrangements to meet the 13-year-old with the intent of paying her to have sex with him. Wang drove his vehicle from his residence in Mission Viejo to Huntington Beach where he was arrested.

The specific location of the arrest and other details are not being released as this is an ongoing investigation.

Wang was booked on a long series of charges: communicating with a minor with intent to commit a lewd act, attempt oral copulation with a minor, sending harmful material to a minor, arranging to meet to conduct a lewd act and attempting to conduct a lewd act with a minor.

This is the fourth arrest made by Huntington Beach detectives over the past five months for subjects soliciting to have sex with a 13-year-old female found on Craigslist.com.


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