PAUL PAYNETHE PRESS DEMOCRAT
A 30-year-old Walnut Creek man was sentenced Monday to nine months in jail and three years of probation after being caught in a televised pedophile sting in Petaluma. Mohammed Aksoum, convicted of attempting a lewd and lascivious act on a child under the age of 14, also will have to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life.
Prosecutors said Aksoum engaged in graphic Internet conversations this summer with a person he believed to be 13 years old. He was lured to a Petaluma house on the promise of sex but instead was met by police, a "Dateline NBC" crew and members of the Internet watchdog organization Perverted Justice.
He was arrested along with 28 other men. Two segments based on the sting aired in the fall. Sonoma County prosecutors have pursued criminal charges, convicting four of the suspects.