A man accused of soliciting prostitution from two young girls was arrested Tuesday morning, officials from the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department confirmed.
Michael Lustig, 70, was taken into custody without incident during a car stop near Interstate 805 and Governor Drive.
According to investigators from the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department and the FBI, Lustig (pictured above) was wanted by law enforcement in connection with a prostitution sting dating back to last summer.
In June 2012, the North County Human Trafficking Task Force (NCHTTF) conducted a prostitution operation targeting several suspects at a motel in Encinitas. At that time, Lustig was one of the suspects arrested on suspicion of soliciting prostitution.
Investigators say multiple cell phones belonging to Lustig were seized during his June 2012 arrest. Analysis of the phones later determined that Lustig was allegedly texting two young girls, ages 12 and 13, to solicit prostitution.
When investigators located and interviewed the girls, both minors admitted to having allegedly performed sexual acts with Lustig for money in late 2011 and early 2012, officials said.
With this new information, officials once again began searching for Lustig, who was no longer in custody.
As part of the “Innocence Lost Task Force,” the FBI, U.S. Attorney’s office and Southern District of California worked together to issue multiple search warrants and obtain more evidence on this case. Ultimately, an arrest warrant was issued for Lustig charging him with two federal counts of sex trafficking of a minor.
Now that he's in custody once more, investigators say Lustig will be booked into the Metropolitan Correctional Center.
“This is now a case of human trafficking, and must be addressed,” San Diego County Sheriff’s Department spokesperson Jan Caldwell told NBC 7.
Detectives believe Lustig has victimized other women and minors.
Anyone who’s been a victim of Lustig’s should contact Deputy Chiappino of the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department at (760) 806-9287.