Ex-CHP Official Convicted of Trying to Have Sex With 13-Year-Old Girl
As the comments section to this post shows, at least one person did not believe longtime CHP official Stephen Robert Deck was guilty of trying to have sex with a 13-year-old girl he met online.
"You know, everyone makes mistakes," Teresa writes in her comment posted at 9:49 this morning. "This guy is not a pedaphile [sic]. He wanted to get caught. He knew it was a sting. He was depressed and looking for anyway out. I have know [sic] him for 22 years and I can tell you he is not a child molester. I know how it all sounds but are we not suppose [sic] to be innocent uintil [sic] proven guilty. . . . He deserves a chance. He made a mistake, a big mistake, and he is very very sorry for what he talked about, because he really did not do anything with anyone. . . . God bless you, Steve. You are in our prayers and we love you."
A seven-man, five-woman jury in Santa Ana saw things differently, convicting the 54-year-old Oceanside resident hours later of attempted lewd act on a child.
R. Scott Moxley introduced readers to Deck in March 2006, about three weeks after the longtime CHP lieutenant 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. The "girl" was actually an undercover officer who waited for Deck at a Laguna Beach park.
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He had driven 45 miles for a rendezvous, bringing along several condoms, a digital camera and a piece of key lime pie.
Deck could get up to four years in prison at his Jan. 22 sentencing in Santa Ana and be forced to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life.The Orange County Register reports the former lawman was handcuffed and taken into custody after the jury handed down its verdict.
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