Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Los Angeles Attorney Sentenced To Prison in Child Sex Case
By a MetNews Staff Writer
A Los Angeles attorney who pled guilty last month in a child sex case has been sentenced to state prison.,
Los Angeles Superior Court Judge David Horwitz sentenced Eduardo Brito Leaton, 40, to six years in prison on Monday, the District Attorney’s Office reported. Leaton will also be required to register as a sex offender for life.
Leaton pled guilty to one count of meeting a minor for lewd purposes and three counts of using a minor for sex acts on Sept. 28. Deputy District Attorney Susan Schwartz of the Justice System Integrity Division prosecuted the case.
Leaton was arrested by officers of the Los Angeles Police Department on Aug. 17 during an Internet child sex sting.
The defendant engaged an undercover police detective – posing as a 16-year-old girl from Georgia – in sexually explicit e-mail communication, authorities said. He then traveled to a hotel to meet the girl. Leaton also solicited and received sexually explicit pictures from children under the age of 14, whom he met on the Internet.
Leaton’s eligibility to practice law was suspended on Sept. 1, 2010, for failure to pay bar membership fees, according to the State Bar of California’s website.
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