- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 27, 2016

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A Los Angeles school police officer has been charged with attempted sex trafficking of a child and trying to use the Internet to lure a child into sex.

Twenty-eight-year-old Mauricio Estrada surrendered to authorities on Wednesday, a day after he was indicted by a federal grand jury. City News Service says he pleaded not guilty to the charges Wednesday and was released on bond.

Authorities say Estrada offered to pay $150 to have sex with a 15-year-old girl after answering an ad on Craigslist on April 20. The ad and the non-existent “girl” were part of a sting operation and Estrada was confronted by authorities when he arrived at an Artesia gas station for the alleged encounter.

The Los Angeles Unified School District has placed Estrada on administrative leave.

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