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Petaluma man accused of soliciting sex with, attempting to abuse a minor

A Petaluma man was arrested in San Jose on suspicion of arranging to have sex with someone he believed to be an 11-year-old girl.

Shawhan Shams, 23, was arrested Wednesday after he drove to San Jose believing he had arranged to have sex with the girl, investigators said.

"We posed as a sex trafficker who has access to a child," said Santa Clara County Sheriff's deputy Kurtis Stenderup.

The investigation lasted eight months, with an agent from San Jose Homeland Security Investigations posing as a child sex trafficker and exchanging emails with Shams about having sex with a young girl. Shams also indicated a desire to physically abuse the girl, investigators said.

"It is very clear it's a minor," Stenderup said of communications that lasted eight months between Shams and the decoy.


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