A Los Angeles attorney was charged on Aug. 18 in an Internet child sex sting.

The Los Angeles County, Calif., District Attorney’s office alleged that Eduardo Brito Leaton, 39, made friends with a 16-year-old girl while intending to commit a “lewd act.” He was arrested on Aug. 17 after sending sexually explicit e-mails to the girl, who was in reality an undercover police detective. He had arranged to meet the girl and had traveled to the meeting place, according to the district attorney’s office. Leaton was charged with one count each of lewd acts upon a child, meeting a minor for lewd purposes and possession of matter depicting a minor engaging in sexual conduct. He also was charged with two counts each of sending “harmful matter” and attempting to send “harmful matter.”

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