A 78-year-old San Gabriel Valley man whose conviction on a previous sex offense ended his career in education was sentenced Thursday to 10 years in federal prison for attempting to entice a minor to engage in sexual activity over the internet.

Albert Pinedo of Alhambra was found guilty in July of one felony count of attempting to persuade, induce or entice a minor to engage in sexual activity, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

On Feb. 26 last year, Pinedo placed an ad on Craigslist that stated, “I’m a retired senior looking for casual contact with young men,” according to evidence presented at trial in downtown Los Angeles.

An undercover Homeland Security Investigations agent answered the ad and responded as a fictitious 14-year-old boy. Pinedo and the undercover agent chatted online for a week before making plans to meet and engage in oral sex. In a series of emails presented at trial, Pinedo acknowledged the boy’s age and described sexual acts he wanted to perform. Pinedo also asked the undercover agent to take naked photos and send them.

On March 4 last year, Pinedo traveled to meet with the undercover agent at the designated meeting place, where he was arrested. A search of his vehicle revealed that he had brought lubricant and a sex toy to their meeting.

Pinedo was a Los Angeles Unified School District middle school teacher and administrator who was convicted in 2003 of distribution of child pornography and sentenced to 63 months in federal prison for that felony offense. Pinedo resigned his position at LAUSD following the allegations in that case.

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