From: UT San Diego
by Kristina Davis
SAN DIEGO — A Rancho Santa Fe real estate expert charged in federal court with child sex trafficking solicited dates with two girls — one 12, the other 13 — via nearly 200 text messages and phone calls, according to a complaint filed Wednesday.
Michael Lustig, 70, will remain jailed without bail until the issue can be further argued in San Diego federal court on Friday.
Lustig was arrested Tuesday morning during a traffic stop, culminating an investigation that began more than a year ago.
He was first picked up on June 8, 2012, during a prostitution sting at an Encinitas motel, on suspicion of being a john, officials said. Lustig had answered an online ad, the complaint says.
Sheriff’s investigators seized four of his cellphones and found that he’d been texting the two young girls, soliciting them for sex, according to the complaint.
He had the girls listed on different cellphones under male names, Andrew and Dominick, the records show.
Lustig exchanged 39 texts and 110 phone calls with the 12-year-old during a four-month period last year, according to the documents. There were 60 texts between Lustig and the 13-year-old in late 2011, in which they used code words such as “bookstore” and “library” to set up dates.
Authorities were able to track down the girls, who said they knew Lustig as “George.”
The younger girl told investigators she’d been paid $80 for each of the five to seven sexual encounters she’d had with Lustig. The older girl said she was paid $200 on three separate occasions, the complaint says.