Riverside County Sheriff's Department cruiser. File photo: Toni McAllister
Riverside County Sheriff’s Department cruiser. MyNewsLA.com file photo: Toni McAllister

A Palm Desert man accused of arranging to meet up with a 13-year-old girl over the internet for sexual purposes was in custody Wednesday on $250,000 bail.

The young teen on the Internet was in reality an undercover member of lawenforcement.

Marino Aaron Lopez, 30, was arrested Tuesday and booked into the Blythe Jail on suspicion of arranging with a minor for lewd purposes and for committing a felony while on bail.

Lopez was arrested about 7 p.m. in the 72-900 block of Highway 111 at the conclusion of an undercover operation orchestrated by the Riverside County Anti-Human Trafficking Task Force.

Riverside County sheriff’s Sgt. Jose Tijerina said law enforcement personnel posed as a 13-year-old girl on multiple social media platforms during the sting operation.

Lopez allegedly “initiated an online conversation with the goal of soliciting a sexual encounter with a 13-year-old minor” and arrived at the location to meet her.

Lopez is set to be arraigned at the Larson Justice Center in Indio as soon as Friday, jail records show.

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