Police claim there is a website that adults who are interested in engaging in illicit sexual activities with minors frequent. Apparently, authorities launched a recent sting operation in hopes of catching someone in an internet sex crime. Reportedly, law agents claim the sting was a success after they connected with a Pennsylvania man and arrested him.
The man is accused of using the internet to entice a person he believed to be a 14-year-old girl to meet with him for sexual purposes. The person the man was actually corresponding with online, however, was an undercover police investigator. Supposedly, the man had written in graphic detail regarding the contact he hoped would take place between him and the minor with whom he thought he was engaging.
Police arrested the 23-year-old man at a hotel they believed he went to in order to meet the person with whom he thought he would have a sexual encounter. The man now faces several criminal charges, including attempted sexual assault and criminal use of a communications device. A bail was set for $100,000.
The man in this situation will be given a preliminary hearing in the near future. Police say a number of departments and agencies cooperated in forming the task force that led to the arrest. Internet sex crime is typically not take lightly; most cases are aggressively prosecuted in Pennsylvania. It is therefore advisable that anyone accused of such crimes retains immediate and experienced criminal defense assistance before appearing at any hearing or trial.
Source: Abington, PA Patch, "Abington Detectives Help Bust Suspected Child Predator: DA", Justin Heinze, July 29, 2016