Archive for Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Tonganoxie man could get four years for soliciting ‘teen’

March 19, 2008

A 24-year-old Tonganoxie man faces more than four years in prison for allegations that he tried to solicit sex and arrange a meeting while talking on the Internet with someone he believed to be teenager.

But instead, he was in an Internet chat room conversing with a Lenexa Police Department detective, and officers arrested him Feb. 23. Several law enforcement agencies attempt to catch suspects by having detectives pose as minors on the Internet.

The Johnson County District Attorney's office has charged the man with one count of electronic solicitation of a child younger than 16. A conviction carries a prison sentence that ranges from more than four years to 20 years.

His next court appearance in Johnson County is scheduled for March 27.

The suspect is out of jail on $20,000 bond. The newspaper generally does not print the names of those accused of sex crimes unless there has been a conviction.

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