REDWOOD CITY -- A San Francisco man pleaded not guilty Friday to soliciting two 14-year-olds on their way to school in Millbrae and to arranging a meeting with a detective posing as the girls through texts.

Marlon Melad Monton Jr., 28, pleaded not guilty to eight counts of lewd acts and attempted lewd acts with a child stemming from a Dec. 16 incident near Taylor Middle School in Millbrae, District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe said.

Monton was booked on suspicion of misdemeanor lewd acts with a child, attempted lewd acts with a child, communicating with the purpose of engaging in a lewd act, and arranging a meeting with the purpose of committing a lewd act. Wagstaffe said he had no criminal record before the December arrest.

Monton reportedly pulled up in his black SUV at 8:07 a.m. as the teen girls were walking to school and handed them a note reading "Hook Me Up," along with his phone number.

The teens went to their principal, who reported the incident to police, Wagstaffe said. Authorities used the note to launch an investigation and enlisted a San Mateo County Sheriff's detective to pose as one of the teen girls.

According to Wagstaffe, the detective texted the number handed to the girls by Monton and told him she was 13 years old. The man went on to text her questions such as "Do you have a boyfriend?" and offered to provide marijuana and Four Loko, an alcoholic energy drink.


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The two arranged to meet after school Dec. 18 in a nearby Kohl's parking lot, where Monton reportedly arrived with beer and a bottle of "Hot & Sexy" lotion, Wagstaffe said. He was arrested in the parking lot by sheriff's deputies.

"It's pretty clear what was going on there," Wagstaffe said. "He wasn't exactly giving the image that he wanted to be a mentor and help them do better in school."

Monton remains in custody in lieu of $200,000 bail, Wagstaffe said. He will return to court May 5 for a hearing in advance of a May 27 jury trial.

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