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FBI arrests California man as part of online sex sting that involved Oklahoma City

BY RANDY ELLIS Modified: November 11, 2009 at 10:20 am •  Published: November 11, 2009
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A California man has been arrested by the FBI and charged with flying to Oklahoma City in anticipation of engaging in various sex acts with an 8-year-old girl.

Steven Lee Wintersteen, 61, of Mammoth Lakes, Calif., allegedly was seeking an underage sexual partner on an Internet social networking site when he got snared as part of a FBI sting operation.

Chatting online with a female FBI operative, Wintersteen asked whether the woman had a daughter, according to a sworn affidavit filed by an FBI agent.

Told that the woman had an 8-year-old daughter, Wintersteen allegedly sought to arrange a meeting for sex.

At one point, Wintersteen told the woman he had a friend in China who was interested in young girls and "extream” pain and suggested that the woman and her daughter travel to China with him so the girl could meet "six men there,” according to the affidavit.

Wintersteen flew to Oklahoma City on Sunday night in hopes of meeting the woman and her daughter, but instead was greeted at the airport by two FBI agents and Oklahoma City police who took him to an interview room for questioning.

Wintersteen, who described himself to officers as a "retired firefighter, police officer, minister and school teacher,” is scheduled to appear at a detention hearing at 10:30 a.m. Thursday on a charge of interstate travel with intent to engage in illicit sexual conduct with a minor.

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