An Illinois man was sentenced to three years in prison Tuesday for a sexual relationship he had with an Arroyo Grande teenager.
Lionel Meza, 43, was arrested in March and faced 23 felony charges that he had cybersex with the girl - who was 16 at the time - and visited her multiple times to have sex with her.
He pleaded no contest to the charges in August.
The Tribune is not naming the girl because she's the purported victim of a sex crime.
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Deputy District Attorney Greg Devitt said that Meza and the girl exchanged numerous sexually explicit photos in 2007 before they had sex - including oral sex in the elevator of the Barnes and Noble bookstore in San Luis Obispo.
Arroyo Grande Police Department investigator Dan Langstaff, who interviewed the girl, testified to the alleged Barnes and Nobles incident and the explicit nature of some of the photos.
Meza's attorney, Pierre Blahnik, said in April that his client met the girl after she went on a pornographic website and posed as an 18-year-old.
Blahnik said that the girl eventually told Meza that she was 16, but that was after they began their relationship.
The timing of the photos the two shared was an issue, Blahnik said, adding that she seemed mature and was "sexually developed."
But Devitt said that none of the sex acts occurred before the girl informed Meza that she was 16 and that some of the explicit photos were sent after Meza knew her real age as well.
In his ruling that there was enough probable cause to try Meza, San Luis Obispo Superior Court Judge Michael Duffy said that the defendant had a reasonable duty to find out if the girl was a minor if she looked under 18.