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Child predator back in jail for trying to Facebook victim

October 19, 2011 |  8:36 am

A child predator sentenced for sending harmful materials to a minor over the Internet has been sent back to jail for trying to reconnect with the victim via Facebook after his initial release, authorities said Wednesday.

Eric Valentin, 23, of Los Angeles, pleaded guilty Monday to one count of child molestation and was sentenced to 180 days in jail plus four months' suspended time, 36 months' probation and mandatory sex offender registration, according to the L.A. city attorney’s office.

Valentin was also ordered to stay away from and refrain from contacting the minor “via any type of technology,” the city attorney's office said in a statement.

Valentin was originally convicted in 2009 on one felony count of sending harmful material to a child and was sentenced to 16 months in state prison.

He was released in August but violated the conditions of his parole when he sent the victim a Facebook message, city attorney's officials said.


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