Man, 71, gets prison for sex with 13-year-old girl
SAN DIEGO — A real estate agent from Rancho Santa Fe was sentenced Monday to 10 years in federal prison for prostitution-related crimes, including repeatedly paying for sex with a 13-year-old girl.
Michael E. Lustig, 71, was indicted by a federal grand jury in the case in October 2013 and pleaded guilty in July.
According to court records, Lustig was taken into custody in June 2012 by sheriff’s investigators during an operation targeting prostitution customers in the Encinitas area.
When they arrested him, deputies seized two cellphones, the data of which showed that he had been in contact with two minors.
Interviews with the girls revealed that Lustig had contacted them separately to engage in commercial sex activity, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office in San Diego. One was 11 and the other 13 when the overtures started, prosecutors alleged.
Surveillance video from a motel in El Cajon showed Lustig entering a rented room with one of the girls and emerging about 45 minutes later, court documents state.
Lustig contacted the girls a number of times over a span of months. Interviews with the victims confirmed that Lustig, known to them as “George,” had paid them for sex and that at least one of them had identified herself to him as a minor.
In his plea agreement, Lustig admitted that he paid the 13-year-old victim for sex.
On Oct. 15, 2011, he texted the older girl, using code words while asking, “Hey, is the bookstore open? I’m in desperate need of books rite now.”
About a month later, he texted her again with the messages, “U free sometime in the next 2 hours?” and, “Any chance for library in 35 min, @ 7:15?”
On June 8, 2012, Lustig sent the girl a one-word message — “Bookstore?” — to solicit sex, according to prosecutors.