No jail time for man accused of soliciting sex from a 14-year-old girl

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by Maggie Crane / News 4

KMOV.com

Posted on October 12, 2012 at 10:15 PM

Updated Saturday, Oct 13 at 12:28 AM

ST. PETERS, Mo. (KMOV.com) -- News 4 is investigating how a man who reportedly wanted to have sex with a 12-year-old virgin is getting let off with a slap on the wrist.
 
Mohammad Teimoortagh will serve no jail time.
 
It's justice prosecutors hope they got right.  It's a case of he said/she said where the informant's story has been called into question.
 
Police swooped in to arrest Mohammad Teimoortagh at a St. Peters hotel in August.  They say he brought $100 cash to pay for a 14-year-old prostitute, even though he allegedly wanted someone much younger.  That tip came from a police informant.  But now, prosecutors believe the woman wasn't telling the whole truth.
 
St. Charles County Prosecutor Jack Banas believes the informant was "misstating some things" about the age of a prostitute Teimoortagh allegedly wanted.
 
Banas is now considering pressing charges against the informant for making false statements to police.  He fears the informant may have inflated the story to better help her own criminal case.
 
"I think some of the information was about the age of the person that they were alleging that [Teimoortagh] wanted to engage in sexual activity with was not corroborated," Banas said.
 
Teimoortagh did admit to attempting to patronize prostitution, but for an adult.  He also owned up to the 59 grams of pot police found on him at the hotel.  He was slapped with a combined $5,300 fine for the crimes, but it has kept him out of jail -- for now.  prosecutors are trying to get his probation revoked for three theft cases back in 2007.

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