Crime

Man accused of seeking underage girls for sex pleads no contest

Robert George Roe Jr., 55, of San Luis Obispo, was arrested Wednesday, March 4, 2015, on suspicion of intent to commit a sex offense on a minor. Original story »
Robert George Roe Jr., 55, of San Luis Obispo, was arrested Wednesday, March 4, 2015, on suspicion of intent to commit a sex offense on a minor. Original story »

A man arrested last week in an undercover sting after allegedly using Craigslist to solicit sex from underage girls pleaded no contest Monday to a charge of meeting a minor for sex.

Robert George Roe Jr., 55, whom authorities say has no known city of residence, pleaded no contest to meeting a minor for lewd purposes, a felony, during his arraignment in San Luis Obispo Superior Court.

A plea of no contest results in a conviction without a defendant’s admission of guilt.

The plea came after prosecutors agreed to dismiss a second felony charge of contacting a minor for a sexual offense.

Assistant District Attorney Lee Cunningham said Monday in a news release that under the agreement, Roe will serve 180 days in San Luis Obispo County Jail, be placed on formal probation and will be required to register as a sex offender.

The San Luis Obispo Police Department said in a news release following his arrest that Roe is a registered sex offender in Arizona following a 1987 conviction there.

He is scheduled for sentencing on April 6.

Officers arrested Roe on March 4 after a citizen tipped them off to a post on the website Craigslist that allegedly contained graphic images of the author, who was attempting to contact underage girls for sex.

An undercover officer posing as a 16-year-old girl contacted Roe, who allegedly set up a meeting at a San Luis Obispo motel. Officers allegedly found Roe at the motel and discovered evidence of the crime while searching his room.

As of Monday afternoon, Roe remained in County Jail in lieu of $30,000 bail.

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