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Sex Offender Caught After Craigslist Ad: “Racist Needs To Get Laid”

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File photo of handcuffs being placed on a suspected criminal. (Credit: ATTILA KISBENEDEK/AFP/Getty Images)

File photo of handcuffs being placed on a suspected criminal. (Credit: ATTILA KISBENEDEK/AFP/Getty Images)

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(CBS Seattle) — A convicted sex offender is now charged with a child prostitution-related offense after getting the attention of police with a racist Craigslist ad, the Seattle P-I reported.

The title on Craigslist’s “Casual Encounters” section read, “Racist needs to get laid,” a Seattle police detective told the P-I. In the ad, Lawrence Leggett allegedly wrote, “I don’t like asians or Hispanics and I especially don’t like blacks. I’d call myself a white supremacist if it weren’t for the fact that I don’t like those people either.” Leggett allegedly wrote that he was interested in a “free white woman of any sort … just so long as you’ve never had sex with any black guys.”

A detective posed as a 15-year-old girl and began exchanging emails with Leggett. According to charging papers obtained by the P-I, Leggett offered to pay the girl to have sex with him in his van. Police arrested him near the location where they had agreed to meet.

Three years ago, Leggett arranged to pay a 13-year-old for sex, was convicted of attempted child molestation and was sentenced to one year in jail with work release and must register as a sex offender. He completed his probation in June.

Leggett is now charged with attempted commercial sexual abuse of a minor and is in jail in lieu of $150,000 bail.

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