April 16, 2024
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A registered intercourse offender who engaged in intercourse acts with a 16-year-old lady at an El Cajon motel was sentenced this week to 4 years and eight months in state jail.

Lawrence Cantrell, 35, pleaded responsible earlier this yr for his half within the March 2023 encounter with the minor on the Motel 6 on Montrose Courtroom.

Police mentioned the crime got here to gentle after an worker for homeless companies supplier Folks Aiding the Homeless — or PATH — instructed police that, in a telephone dialog, Cantrell admitted to intercourse acts with the lady.

Additional investigation led to the invention of a mobile phone video exhibiting the juvenile partaking in intercourse acts with co-defendant Michael Inman, police mentioned.

At a preliminary listening to final yr in El Cajon Superior Courtroom, protection attorneys for each males argued their purchasers believed the lady was 18.

Cantrell pleaded responsible to costs that embrace illegal sexual activity with a minor and possession of kid pornography. He was sentenced Thursday afternoon.

Inman, 71, was convicted by an El Cajon jury final month of crimes that embrace sexual penetration of an individual underneath 18 and possession of kid pornography. Inman has but to be sentenced.

Each males had beforehand been convicted of intercourse offenses earlier than the March 2023 incident.

Inman was convicted of assault with intent to commit rape in 1978 in Orange County and lewd acts upon a toddler in 2005 in San Diego County. Cantrell was convicted of possession of kid pornography in 2018 in San Diego County.

–Metropolis Information Service