Cops: Old man paid young girls for sex

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prostitution arrestSAN DIEGO — A 70-year-old man was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of repeatedly hiring two underage prostitutes, one of them 12 years old and the other 13.

Michael Lustig was taken into custody without incident about 10 a.m. during a traffic stop in the University City area, according to the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department.

In June 2012, investigators with a human-trafficking task force arrested Lustig during a prostitution operation at a motel in Encinitas and seized several cell phones belonging to him.

Analysis of the phones showed that he had been texting two girls to allegedly solicit prostitution, and further investigation identified the minors, who both admitted to performing sex acts with Lustig for money in late 2011 and early 2012, according to sheriff’s officials.

Lustig was expected to be booked into Metropolitan Correctional Center in downtown San Diego on suspicion of two counts of sex trafficking of a minor.

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