FORMER AIR FORCE ACADEMY PROFESSOR
ARRESTED IN SEX STING - NABBED BY FBI
AS HE SOUGHT MEETING WITH "15 YEAR-OLD
GIRL" - MAJ REINALDO CANTON FROM
KIRTLAND AFB NEW MEXICO WAS ON TDY
AT HILL AFB UTAH - COULD GET 30 YEARS
IN SLAMMER - WIFE STANDS BY HUSBAND
"HE'S NOT A MONSTER," SHE SAYS

Maj. Reinaldo Canton thought he was talking with a 15 year-old girl via his laptop computer, but he couldn't have been more mistaken. The "teenager" turned out to be an FBI agent running a sting, looking for child predators. The Air Force officer was stunned when he was cuffed by cops and led away from a Utah shopping mall where he'd agreed to meet the girl "for sex."

But what he really intended, Canton told police, was to just "talk" to the girl and warn her that meeting people via computer could be "scary." He said his only intention was to give her good, fatherly advice, not to go to an Ogden hotel room for sex, as he had e-mailed her earlier.

The former assistant professor of Spanish at the Air Force Academy waived his Miranda rights and talked freely with arresting officers. He swore up and down his intentions were honorable. His wife backs him up.

MAJOR'S WIFE IN HIS CORNER ALL THE WAY

Julie Canton says her hubby is "a loving husband and father" and "an honest, decent and caring man." She said "Rey and I have 5 daughters, two are teenagers, and we are always preaching to them about the dangers of the Internet." The Albuquerque, N.M. woman vows her "unswerving support" to her husband, "and will continue" to back him, "regardless of the outcome of this nightmare."

The 43 year-old field-grade officer, who works in the Space Development and Test Wing at Kirtland, has been charged with "coercion and enticement for illegal sexual activity," according to court papers. If convicted, Canton could get anywhere from a mandatory 10 year prison term to up to 30 years in the slammer. He is being held without bail in the Davis County, Utah jail.

A bail hearing was scheduled for later on this month.

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