Man accused of arranging sex with minor claimed he was doing ‘sexology’ research

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DENVER — A man accused of trying to arrange sex with a minor claimed he was doing research for a “sexology” degree.

Benjamin Clinton Stribling, 30, appeared in Arapahoe County court Tuesday morning for a preliminary hearing.

Investigators first learned about Stribling when a Centennial mom contacted Arapahoe County Sheriff’s deputies in June saying her 13-year-old daughter had been talking with an older man.

The man was trying to have sex with the girl and told her he was a college student studying sexology, said Arapahoe County District Attorney George Brauchler in court Tuesday.

Stribling told the girl his assignment was to have sex with a minor girl, Braucher said.

“He was very aggressive,” Brauchler added.

Undercover investigators posted as a 13-year-old girl and started talking to Stribling on the Internet. On August 2, he showed up at the South Glenn mall to meet a girl for sex.

Prosecutors said Stribling showed up with roses in hand, intending to complete his assignment. He was immediately arrested by deputies.

Stribling, who lives in Colorado Springs, was already on parole for a previous conviction in Washington on a charge of Internet luring of a child.

His trial is set to begin October 9.