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Man accused of seeking sex with underage girl on Craigslist

January 26, 2013 |  6:16 pm

A Garden Grove man was arrested on suspicion of arranging to meet an underage girl for sex through Craigslist.

Carlton Earl Griner, 55, has been charged with one felony count each of contacting a child with intent to commit a lewd act, meeting a minor with intent to engage in lewd conduct and attempted lewd act upon a child younger than 14.

If convicted, Griner will face a maximum sentence of five years in state prison and mandatory lifetime sex offender registration. He is being held in lieu of $100,000 bail.

Griner is already required to register as a sex offender in California because of a prior conviction in Iowa of possessing child pornography.

Griner is accused of posting an advertisement soliciting sex on Craigslist month. He is accused of exchanging sexually explicit emails with someone he thought was a 13-year-old girl but was actually an undercover officer, according to a news release from the Orange County district attorney's office.

Griner apparently made arrangements with the officer to meet in a shopping center Jan. 9, according to the release. He is accused of driving to the meeting spot with the intent to have sexual contact with the girl. Huntington Beach police arrested him when he arrived.

Authorities are asking anyone with more information to contact Det. Steven Fong at the Police Department at (714) 536-5960 or Supervising Dist. Atty. Investigator Anthony Sosnowski at (714) 834-8794.

-- Alicia Lopez, Times Community News