(KMOV) – Police say a registered sex offender from Ballwin is in custody after he sent photos of his genitals over the Internet to a girl he thought was 14 years old.
Paul Latina, 35, was charged with attempted sexual misconduct with a minor and failure to register as a sex offender.
Authorities said Latina was in an online chatroom on March 25 when he sent nude photos of himself to who he thought was a 14-year-old girl.
It was not known how Latina was caught, but authorities indicated it was part of an undercover operation.
Latina registered as a sex offender in 2010 from a case involving the attempted sexual assault of a minor in Colorado in 2003. Prosecutors said the second charge was filed because he did not register all of his online identifiers with authorities.
He remains in custody at the St. Louis County jail on a $50,000 cash-only bond.