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Joppa man gets 10 years in child sex solicitation case

Larry W. Warner Jr., of Joppa, was sentenced Friday to 10 years in a federal prison, followed by supervised release for life, for enticing a minor to engage in sexual activity.

In Baltimore Federal District Court, Judge Benson E. Legg also ordered that upon his release from prison, Warner must register as a sex offender where he lives, where he works and where he goes to school, under the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act.

The sentence was announced by U.S. Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein, whose office prosecuted Warner.

The charge against Warner, 33, stemmed from advertisements he placed on Craigslist.com initially seeking girls' underwear for lewd purposes, according to the agreed statement of facts entered into the record when he pleaded guilty on Sept. 15.

According to the statement of facts, in September and November 2010, Warner posted advertisements on the website Craigslist.com seeking girls' underwear for Warner to use in an act which Warner described in a sexually explicit manner. According to court records, Warner lived in the 300 block of Monaco Terrace, in Joppatowne, in an apartment complex near Joppatowne High School.

A Baltimore County detective responded to the ads, in one instance representing that he was the father of a minor girl, and in the second instance representing that he was a prepubescent minor girl. In each case, Warner engaged in graphic sexual conversations and sent sexually explicit electronic photos of children or himself to the undercover detective.

On Nov. 3, 2010, Warner agreed to travel to a Baltimore County hotel to have sexual contact with what he thought was the minor daughter of the undercover detective, but Warner later canceled the meeting, stating that his father was in the hospital.

In October and November 2010, Warner posted additional online ads wherein he offered free babysitting services for young children while also describing his own build, genitalia and sexual tendencies.

After several sexually explicit online conversations with the undercover detective, on Nov. 30, 2010, Warner arranged to meet the supposed minor girl and her younger sister in Essex, in order to engage in sexual activity. On Dec. 1, 2010, Warner drove to the meeting place and was arrested by Baltimore County Police officers.

On Dec. 2, 2010, Baltimore County Police officers executed a search warrant at Warner's home and recovered a personal computer containing numerous images of child pornography.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.

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