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Man sentenced in Craigslist sex sting

January 05, 2011

A Mission Viejo man caught in a Craigslist sting soliciting a 13-year-old girl for sex pleaded guilty Tuesday to four felony charges.

Howard Houchen Wang, 38, pleaded guilty to attempting lewd acts upon a child younger than 14, luring a child with the intent to commit a crime, meeting a minor to commit lewd conduct and exhibition of lewd material to a minor at the West Justice Center in Westminster, according to court records.

Wang was sentenced to two years and eight months in state prison, according to records.

Wang was arrested and booked into the Huntington Beach Jail on May 11 after he began talking to Huntington Beach detectives posing as a 13-year-old girl on Craigslist, police reported.

He sent her e-mails and pictures of himself before he drove to Huntington Beach to meet the girl. He had arranged to pay her for sex, police reported.

Wang was the fourth man in five months to be arrested by Huntington Beach police in a Craigslist or online sting. The department has since arrested two more suspects.

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Britney Barnes

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