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OAK VIEW MAN GUILTY IN SOLICITING CHILD SEX.

Byline: Don Holland Daily News Staff Writer

A 37-year-old Oak View man charged in an Internet child-sex sting - the first in Ventura County - pleaded guilty Friday in a deal that could send him to prison for nine years.

David Paris Hensley pleaded guilty to attempted child molestation and pandering involving a minor for purposes of prostitution - the most serious of six charges he faced - in an effort to avoid a 13-year prison term.

``We accepted pleas to the most serious counts,'' said Deputy District Attorney Ed Ulloa. ``I believe it is the first case in this county involving the prosecution of a sex crime that in essence occurred using an Internet service provider, such as America Online.''

Hensley was arrested following a sting launched by San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department detectives who posted veiled messages on the Internet in hopes of attracting would-be child molesters. Hensley responded to the postings, saying he was ``looking for someone with a young waif look,'' according to detectives.

During an April 29 meeting at a Denny's restaurant in Camarillo, Hensley paid an undercover detective $350 for the opportunity to have sex with a 13-year-old girl.

He was arrested at a nearby motel, where he was to meet the girl. During questioning, Hensley told detectives that he was conducting his own investigation and planned to call police if the child prostitution ring turned out to be real.

Ulloa said the law enforcement techniques used did not constitute entrapment and that local authorities are expanding efforts to go after child molesters who use the Internet.

``This is an indication in the trend in law enforcement to ensure that this technology is not used to ensnare any minors for sexual purposes.''

In May, a judge tripled Hensley's bail to $150,000 after authorities said Hensley had indicated he was interested in having sex with children as young as 8. He posted bail and remains free pending his Jan. 4 sentencing.
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