Photo by John Schreiber.
Photo by John Schreiber.

The weekend death in Griffith Park of a 24-year-old man sentenced last year for attempting to meet minors for sex was an apparent suicide, the Los Angeles County Coroner’s office said Monday.

Passersby found Levi Moscowitz hanging from a tree in Griffith Park near the 2600 block of Commonwealth Canyon Avenue on Saturday, said coroner’s Lt. Fred Corral. Paramedics pronounced him dead at 8:20 a.m. An autopsy was pending.

Moscowitz pleaded no contest in late October to charges that resulted from a sting operation run by a Los Angeles Police Department detective who posed as a father with a 13-year-old son and 15-year-old daughter, according to the Jewish Journal.

The detective answered Moscowitz’s ad in Craigslist “seeking to participate in a sexual encounter with a family interested in incest,” according to the Journal.

Moscowitz was arrested in February when he went to Long Beach for the expected sexual encounter and instead encountered police, the Journal reported.

After pleading no contest in October to one felony count of meeting a minor for lewd purposes, Moscowitz was sentenced to one day in jail, a year of counseling and five years of probation, the Journal reported.

—City News Service

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