Man sentenced for soliciting minor on Craigslist

A Garden Grove man was sentenced to three years in state prison for arranging to meet an underage girl for sex through Craigslist, according to a statement from the Orange County district attorney's office.

Carlton Earl Griner, 56, pleaded guilty Friday to contacting a child with intent to commit a lewd act, meeting a minor with intent to engage in lewd conduct and attempting a lewd act on a child under 14 years old, according to officials.

Griner is also required to register as a lifetime sex offender in California for a conviction of child pornography in Iowa.

In January, Griner posted an advertisement soliciting sex on Craigslist. He began to exchange sexually explicit emails with an undercover Huntington Beach police officer, whom he thought was a 13-year-old girl.

Griner arranged for him and the girl to meet on Jan. 9 at a shopping center. He drove to the location with the intent to have sexual contact with the teen and was arrested by police upon arrival.

—Anthony Clark Carpio

Twitter: @acocarpio

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