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Police: Man, 48, arrested after making an attempt to fulfill underage woman for intercourse in Ventura whereas armed

Ventura police arrested a 48-year-old man who tried to meet an underage girl for sex while armed with a loaded gun on Thursday.

Areyso Jose Mora, a resident of Lomita, drove to Ventura, about 80 miles away, in his work vehicle to meet someone he believed was a young girl, according to the Ventura Police Department. However, the arranged meeting was part of a covert strip from the local authorities.

Mora became aware of law enforcement on February 6 when a company reported to police that one of its underage employees was molested by an adult customer while at work. Mora reportedly bought flowers for the girl and gave her his phone number.

Ventura police soon opened an investigation into which Mora allegedly began communicating with detectives by phone and text over believing they were the girl, police said.

“Mora’s communications began to be explicitly sexual in nature and Mora wanted to meet the victim for sexual exploits knowing the victim was a teenager,” the agency said in a press release.

On Thursday, he drove his dog to Marina Park in Ventura to meet the girl and he was renting a hotel room in the area, according to police. Detectives found and arrested him in the park around 2:30 p.m.

Investigators discovered that Mora was allegedly in possession of a loaded firearm while he was arrested. They also carried out a search warrant that police said led to the discovery of pornography in his hotel room.

He was admitted to Ventura County Jail on suspicion of communicating illegally with a minor and lured a child into fornication with a minor and to have a loaded hidden firearm.

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