R. Scott Moxley introduced readers to Stephen Robert Deck in March 2006, about three weeks after the longtime CHP official was snared by Laguna Beach police and Perverted-Justice.com--a non-profit organization aimed at protecting children from Internet sexual predators--for allegedly trying to have sex with someone he met online he believed to be a 13-year-old girl.
Opening statements are finally scheduled to begin in Deck's trial this morning in Santa Ana.
For all the sick details of the case against the 54-year-old ex-CHP lieutenant out of Carlsbad, revisit Moxley's story, "'You Have All the Pie I Want to Eat': High-ranking state cop nabbed by decoy 13-year-old in Internet pedophile sting." The Orange County District Attorney's PG-13 version follows after the jump . . .
Beginning Feb. 12, 2006, Deck is accused of initiating contact and engaging in sexually explicit conversations over the Internet with a person he believed to be a 13-year-old girl. The defendant was actually communicating with an adult citizen volunteer from Perverted-Justice.com, a non-profit organization aimed at protecting children from Internet sexual predators. Over several days, Deck is accused of having numerous online and phone conversations with a woman who told him she was a 13-year-old girl. He is accused of inquiring if the girl liked older men, making graphic sexual statements and sexually suggestive comments about eating pie, and arranging to meet the "victim" in Laguna Beach.
On Feb. 18, 2009, Deck is accused of driving from San Diego County to Laguna Beach with the intention of committing unlawful sexual acts with the fake 13-year-old. When Deck arrived at the prearranged location, he is accused of being in possession of several condoms, a digital camera, and key lime pie. Deck was arrested upon arrival.
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Deck and 12 other men were arrested in the sting.
Moxley reported that after his arrest, Deck complained of a sudden medical condition--an anxiety attack, perhaps--and asked to be taken to a hospital. Doctors found nothing wrong. It was a pattern that would play itself out in court two years later, when a judge denied a motion to dismiss the case. As Moxley also reported, Deck reacted by fainting in the courtroom.
No one was truly sicker than Deck's CHP superiors, who fired the 23-year cop.
He now faces one felony count of attempted lewd acts on a child under 14 and, if convicted, up to four years in state prison.