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MAN CAUGHT IN NET CHILD SEX STING GETS 4 YEARS.

Byline: Don Holland Daily News Staff Writer

An Oak View man convicted in Ventura County's first Internet child sex sting was sentenced Wednesday to four years in prison as prosecutors warned of the dangers of sexual predators in cyberspace.

David Paris Hensley, 37, was ordered to serve three years for pandering for purposes of child prostitution and a year for attempted child molestation. He could have faced nine years in prison.

``What you have here is a guy who is married, has a job and gets on his computer and does things that are illegal,'' Deputy District Attorney Ed Ulloa said outside court. ``Mr. Hensley should serve as a cautionary tool because if you use your computer or Internet technology to victimize children sexually, you do not stop at `Go' - you go to prison.''

Hensley was arrested in April during a sting launched by San Bernardino County sheriff's detectives who posted veiled messages on the Net in hopes of attracting child molesters.

Hensley responded, saying he was ``looking for someone with a young waif look,'' according to detectives. In one message, Hensley said he wanted a child as young as 8.

During an April 29 meeting at a Denny's restaurant in Camarillo, Hensley paid an undercover detective $350 to have sex with a 13-year-old girl. He then went to a nearby motel to meet the teen-ager, but was arrested instead.

Hensley initially said he was conducting his own investigation into child prostitution, but he later changed his story and pleaded guilty.

``This is the first child sex case in this county where someone responded or answered an ad . . . and attempted to engage in conduct through someone they met over the Internet,'' Ulloa said. ``Ventura County, in my opinion, is in the forefront in seeking out and prosecuting people that are using computer technology to victimize children. We have several active cases.''

Defense attorney Louis Samonsky said his client is deeply remorseful.

``He's accepted responsibility for his wrongdoing,'' Samonsky said. ``He's sought out three psychologists to determine what it was that caused him to do this. His testing turned out to be essentially normal, with some personality defects. . . . He's not a predatory person.''
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