By Associated Press - Sunday, February 14, 2021

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (AP) - California authorities said they have evidence an inmate tried to arrange sex with a minor during phone calls made from a county jail.

Michael Starkweather, 36, of San Bernardino was booked on suspicion of unlawful communication with a minor with the intent to commit sexual acts, The Sun reported Saturday.

Starkweather was in custody at the Central Detention Center in San Bernardino after being sentenced for being a felon in possession of a firearm and violating post-release supervision.

Starkweather was sentenced in March 2018 to 16 months in prison after pleading guilty to felony evading and grand theft auto, superior court records show.

Investigators said in a statement that Starkweather contacted a minor “dozens of times during recorded jail phone calls and written correspondence” and expressed his intent to commit sexual acts with the minor when he was released.

An attorney for Starkweather could not be immediately contacted.

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