IN NORTHEASTERN UTAH, VERNAL POLICE HAVE ARRESTED A 34-YEAR-OLD CALIFORNIA MAN... WHO, THEY SAY, DROVE HUNDREDS OF MILES, TO HAVE SEX WITH WHO HE THOUGHT WAS A 12-YEAR-OLD GIRL.

AUTHORITIES SAY THE MAN WAS ARRESTED ON SUSPICION OF 'ENTICING A MINOR OVER THE INTERNET' AND 'DISTRIBUTION OF PORNOGRAPHY.'

HE'S NOW BEING HELD, WITHOUT BAIL, IN THE UINTAH COUNTY JAIL.

POLICE SAY THE MAN HAD BEEN COMMUNICATING -- ONLINE, SINCE APRIL -- WITH AN UNDERCOVER OFFICER... POSING AS AN UNDERAGE GIRL.

AUTHORITIES CLAIM THE SUSPECT SENT PORNOGRAPHIC MATERIAL... AND ARRANGED TO MEET THE GIRL, IN VERNAL.

HE WAS ARRESTED AT A TRUCK STOP, JUST OUTSIDE OF TOWN.