Ex-LA Deputy Pleads No Contest to Child Sex Charge

A former Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy authorities say was caught in a child-sex sting has pleaded no contest to using the Internet to meet a minor for lewd purposes.

Thirty-one-year-old Joseph Carlos entered the plea Friday and is
expected to receive a 90-day jail sentence, minus 30 days already
served. He could have faced four years in prison.

Prosecutors said Carlos, a seven-year veteran deputy from Carson, showed up at a Hawthorne gas station last year to have sex with a person he thought was a 13-year-old girl he met online. The girl was actually a police detective in a sting operation.

In addition to jail time, Carlos must undergo counseling and will register as a sex offender.
Information from: Daily Breeze, http://www.dailybreeze.com

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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