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Two registered sex offenders accused of attacking a teenage girl in El Cajon plead not guilty

Both men were recently released from prison. They're accused of videotaping the sexual assault.

EL CAJON, Calif. — Two registered sex offenders accused of having sex with a 16-year-old girl in an El Cajon motel pleaded not guilty on Wednesday afternoon.

34-year-old Lawrence Cantrell and 70-year-old Michael Inman face a very long list of charges, including a Human Trafficking charge.

According to El Cajon Police, Friday they obtained a video of the two men sexually assaulting the teenage girl at the Motel 6 on Montrose Court.

Authorities said Cantrell had gotten a hotel voucher through a program meant to help people recently released from prison. He's accused of bringing the teen to his room where police said she was attacked by both men. 

According to the El Cajon Police Department, Cantrell admitted that Inman brought the girl to Cantrell's motel room.

Inman was later arrested and allegedly admitted that he and Cantrell
committed sex acts upon the minor, as well as at least two other underage girls
in the prior week.

Cantrell also had a "sexually explicit'' video on his phone of Inman with an underage girl, police said.

Police said that prior to the sexual acts, Cantrell repeatedly questioned the girl about her age "because he believed her to be a juvenile.''

Deputy District Attorney Clayton Carr said Inman initially claimed that he believed the girl was an adult, but later, he mistakenly admitted to police that he had propositioned the girl for marriage but said, "I would have to wait until she's 18 before we get married.''

Both men are registered sex offenders, with Inman having a criminal history of sex offenses dating back to 1978.

Inman faces up to 56 years to life in prison if convicted of felony counts of sexual penetration by a foreign object, oral copulation of a minor, possession of child pornography, and employment of a minor to perform prohibited acts.

Cantrell faces up to eight years in prison if convicted of oral copulation of a minor, unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor, possession of child pornography, and methamphetamine possession.

Both men were ordered held without bail following Wednesday's court

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