MORGAN HILL -- A 21-year-old Southern California man who police believe traveled to Morgan Hill to have sex with children was arrested over the weekend after a multiagency sting operation targeting sexual predators.
Stephen Lewis, who lives in the San Diego County town of Oceanside, was in contact with an undercover agent on an Internet site frequented by pedophiles, according to Morgan Hill police.
The agent said he would allow Lewis to have sexual relations with his two children, a boy and a girl, both under age 13, said Morgan Hill police Sgt. Carson Thomas.
When Lewis went to meet the man at an arranged time and location on Saturday, Morgan Hill police officers arrested him.
"He initially tried to stall us, and said he didn't know what we were talking about," said Thomas. "But he later admitted to coming up to talk to the man he met online."
Lewis was booked into Santa Clara County Jail, where he remains with bail set at $150,000. He has a court date on Wednesday. Charges include illegally meeting a minor to engage in lewd or lascivious behavior and possession of child pornography. Police did not elaborate on what Lewis had when he was arrested but said he did bring some "articles" with him on his trip.
In addition to Morgan Hill police, Homeland Security Investigations and the Silicon Valley Internet Crimes Against Task Force were involved in the sting.
"Many child sexual predators mistakenly believe they can act on their unconscionable urges with impunity and anonymity online, but as this case shows, nothing could be further from the truth," said Homeland Security agent Joseph Vincent in a news release. "Homeland Security Investigations will continue to work closely with its law enforcement partners here and around the globe to target those engaged in the sexual exploitation of children to see that they are held accountable for their crimes."
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