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Man Charged With Soliciting Sex From Teen

Posted December 13, 2005 1:28 a.m. EST

— A man charged with soliciting sex from a teenager over the Internet is due in court Tuesday.

Sheriff's deputies arrested Charlie Castro in Lenoir County. Investigators say Castro thought he was luring a 14-year old girl to a motel for sex, but it was actually an undercover deputy.

Castro, 30, of Mocha Lane, Raleigh was charged with one count of solicitation of a minor by computer to commit a unlawful sex act.

Under the state's new "Child Exploitation Act," it is now a felony for anyone to solicit sex over the Internet if they think the intended victim is a minor.