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Father Of The Year Leaves Kids In Car To Get Prostitute

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A 31-year-old father, and totally a model parent, admits he left his young children alone in his car while he tried to hire a prostitute.

Juan Humberto Martinez pleaded guilty on Wednesday to child abuse and endangerment and soliciting a prostitute, who unbeknownst to him, was an undercover cop, according to City News Service.

The prostitution sting organized by the Santa Ana Police Department and Orange County District Attorney's Office went down on April 29 in Santa Ana along Harbor Boulevard, an area known for prostitution. The father, who was driving an SUV at the time with his 2- and 5-year-old sons sitting in car seats in the back of the car, rolled down his window to ask the undercover cop/prostitute about costs for her services, the OC Register reports. The worst part is that he apparently wanted her to service him in the car while his kids were around.

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Because she refused to do anything with the children in the car, the father left them alone in the parking lot and followed her up to the cheap motel room where police were waiting for him. He was quickly arrested.

Authorities contacted the children's mother, who cleans office buildings in the evenings, to pick up the children.

Martinez has been sentenced: he will either spend 30 days in jail or spend the same amount of time doing Caltrans work.

"He cares very much for his family and he's very remorseful and wishes he made a better choice," Martinez's lawyer, Jose Alfredo Hernandez, said.