A Plumas County man has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for attempting to entice a minor to engage in sex acts.
U.S. District Judge Kimberly J. Mueller also sentenced Larry Gorbet Jr., 33, of Chester to 20 years of supervised release, according to a federal Department of Justice news release.
According to court documents, on Sept. 25, 2011, Gorbet met with his cousin and her friend, a 13-year-old girl, in the city of Susanville. During the meeting, Gorbet provided the girls with marijuana and talked about the prospects of the 13-year-old becoming his girlfriend.
Afterward, Gorbet began to text his cousin about establishing a relationship with her friend. When his texts were brought to the attention of police, a detective received permission to use girl's cell phone to further investigate Gorbet.
Posing as the girl, the detective began exchanging text messages with Gorbet, who eventually indicated in explicit terms that he wanted to be her boyfriend and engage in sex acts with her, officials said. The undercover detective arranged a meeting at the 13-year-old girl's house on Oct. 20, 2011. When Gorbet stepped into the house, officers arrested him.
Gorbet had brought with him a digital camera with video recording capability, a tripod for the camera and marijuana, according to court documents. He claimed that he had come to Susanville to talk the girl into waiting to have sex until she was at least 14 years old, but that he knew there was a chance they would have sex that day.
The case resulted from an investigation by the FBI and the Susanville Police Department.