Rancho Santa Fe man arrested on federal charges


On Tuesday, Oct. 1, Rancho Santa Fe resident Michael Lustig (in photos at right), 70, was arrested without incident by the San Diego Sheriff’s Department and FBI. Lustig was identified by two minor females (ages 12 and 13) as a subject who solicited and used them for prostitution.

Lustig was subsequently arrested on federal charges: “Sex Trafficking of a Minor.” It is believed Lustig has victimized other women and minors. Any female who has been a victim of Lustig, whether financial compensation was received or not, is considered a victim. Those individuals are requested to contact the San Diego Sheriff’s Department, Deputy Chiappino at 760-806-9287 with information.

— Encinitas Sheriff’s Department