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Three men accused of trying to meet girls online for sex in Placer County

Matthew Ryan Klein
Matthew Ryan Klein Placer County Sheriff’s Office

Three men who Placer County deputies say were trying to meet 13-year-old girls for sex have been arrested in separate incidents.

The men either posted inappropriate ads or reached out to underage girls through social media, according to a Facebook post by the Placer County Sheriff’s Office.

The first arrest was Sept. 21, when deputies say Matthew Ryan Klein, 26, of Roseville drove to Auburn to meet someone he believed was a teen girl after sending obscene material online.

He was Detectives met Klein and arrested him on suspicion of attempting to contact a minor for sexual purposes and sending harmful material to a minor.

The next day, Samuel Clinton Thompson, 32, of Grass Valley drove to Auburn, deputies said, to meet someone he believed to be a teen girl for sex. Detectives arrested Thompson on suspicion of numerous felonies.

On Sept. 26, Chad Woodruff, 36, of Roseville also tried to contact someone he believed was a 13-year-old girl for sex, detectives said. He was arrested when he arrived in Auburn.

Deputies posted the Facebook information to alert parents about the dangers to children of online communication with strangers and to deter potential pedophiles from contacting minors online.

Bill Lindelof: 916-321-1079, @Lindelofnews