A Lakewood man was found guilty after trying to lure a 14-year-old girl to his home to have sex and ply her with marijuana, according to court records.
Ronald Laroy Lewis, 34, was convicted of one count of internet sexual exploitation of a child and one count of internet luring of a child, both class-4 felonies, by a Douglas County jury on April 16 after a three-day trial.
Lewis posted a Craigslist ad soliciting sex on April 10, 2013, writing “Ready to pound a barely legal- m4w-30 (Denver).” An investigator with the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office’s Internet Crimes Against Children unit responded to the post, disguised as a 14-year-old girl. 
Through a series of emails and texts, Lewis offered sex, condoms and marijuana to the detective, disguised as a 14-year-old female, if she would come to his Lakewood home. He was “sexually explicit” in the correspondence and also sent a photo of “his intimate parts” via email, according to a news release.
“This defendant intended to violate every parent’s sense of safety for their child when he lured a girl to his home so that he could exploit her,” Douglas County District Attorney George Brauchler said in the release. “It takes a certain level of depravity to be willing to rob a child of their innocence for a sense of self-gratification. Thanks to the detectives, prosecutors and jury involved in this case, one more criminal will be held to the mercy of the justice system.”
Lewis will be sentenced on June 27, appearing before district judge Paul King.
“The jury found that the course of actions that this defendant would take in order to get a child out of the care of her family and into the arms of his bad intentions, required punishment,” Senior Chief Deputy District Attorney Jason Siers said. 
Deputy district attorney Laura Wilson said the fact that it was detective conducting a sting operation and not a real victim “only expedited his eventual run-in with the criminal justice system.”
Douglas County Sheriff David A. Weaver applauded the conviction, saying the investigation and verdict “once again sends a message to those that prey upon the young, will be caught and prosecuted.”
For more information and resources on how to prevent these kinds of crimes, visit the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children at .