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Two Santa Rosa men arrested in underage sex stings

Two Santa Rosa men snared in separate decoy operations were arrested this week on suspicion of proposing sex with underage girls who actually were undercover detectives posing online as 14-year-olds, police said Thursday.

In one case, the suspect, Brian Batoosingh, 36, was arrested when he showed up for an arranged date Wednesday with the fictional girl after he posted an online ad, police Sgt. Terry Anderson said.

In the other, the target, Robert Sampson, 60, expressed his desire to have sex with the phantom 14-year-old after a real 17-year-old girl who inquired about a room he had for rent began receiving what authorities said was improper and illegal sexual communication from him, Anderson said.

Under California law, the mere act of contacting a minor with the intent to commit a sexual offense is adequate to be charged with a crime, though each of the men was arrested on suspicion of several different crimes, authorities said.

Batoosingh came to law enforcement's attention after posting a personal Internet ad expressing an interest in meeting young females for sex, police said.

A detective responded back, pretending to be a 14-year-old girl as they communicated back and forth. After Batoosingh made alleged statements expressing a desire for a sexual relationship, they arranged to meet, police said.

Battosingh was arrested on suspicion of three felony offenses involving unlawful contact with an underage girl and was being held at the Sonoma County Jail on $300,000 bail, authorities said.

Sampson, arrested Monday, was being held in lieu of $250,000 bail on four alleged felonies and two misdemeanors after the detective with whom he was communicating logged several statements in which the suspect allegedly expressed a desire for a sexual relationship, as well.

When the detective was able to confirm Sampson as the author of the statements, an arrest warrant was obtained and he was arrested, police said.

You can reach Staff Writer Mary Callahan at 521-5249 or mary.callahan@pressdemocrat.com.


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