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Feds take over child cyberdate case
April 06, 2013, 05:00 AM Daily Journal Staff Report

Scott Schaffer

Local prosecutors are dropping charges against a Windsor man accused of arranging a sex date with two young children of a man he met in an online chat room because federal authorities are taking over the case.

The U.S. Attorney's Office obtained a federal indictment against Scott Allen Schaffer, 57, on the same six felony charges of sexual crimes and drugs. Schaffer faces a much more significant potential sentence in federal court rather than locally because the man he allegedly solicited online was a cop in disguise, said Chief Deputy District Attorney Karen Guidotti.

Schaffer was arrested Feb. 26 after reportedly reaching out to who he thought was a father actively molesting his children and making arrangements to meet him, his 10-year-old son and 6-year-old daughter at the Vagabond Inn in South San Francisco. Police reported Schaffer arrived with sex items, methamphetamine, children's toys, peanut butter and plans for specific acts.

While still in San Mateo County Superior Court, Schaffer previously pleaded not guilty to two counts of attempting a lewd act on a child, communicating for the purposes of arranging a lewd act and two counts of attempting a sexual act with a child under 10. He was also charged with a misdemeanor count of possessing a syringe.

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