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Man arrested in sex sting

August 14, 2008|H.G. Reza

A man who drove to a park expecting a sexual tryst with a 13-year-old girl was snared in a police sting instead and is facing felony charges, authorities said Wednesday.

Scott Fish, 34, of Anaheim was charged Tuesday with attempted lewd acts with a child and sending pornography to a minor.

Laguna Beach Police Sgt. Darin Lenyi said detectives began the undercover investigation Aug. 1 after Perverted Justice, a nonprofit group that identifies sexual predators on the Internet, allegedly identified Fish as a suspect who had solicited sex acts from what he thought was a 13-year-old girl.

Fish, a construction worker, agreed to meet the "victim" Tuesday night at Alta Laguna Park and arrived with a condom, police said. He was arrested and taken to Orange County Jail, with bail set at $100,000. Earlier, he allegedly had e-mailed pornographic photos to the girl, police said.

Lenyi said police seized Fish's home computer and are analyzing it to determine if there were additional victims, adding, "This was a perceived victim. But if it wasn't for this investigation, there may have been a real one."

-- H.G. Reza

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