April 28, 2014
Ohio man arrested after traveling to Pennsylvania to meet who he believed to be a 14-year-old girl for sex
HARRISBURG - Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane today announced the arrest of an Ohio man accused of traveling to Western Pennsylvania to meet who he believed was a 14-year-old girl for the purpose of sex.
According to the criminal complaint, Jacob Meadows, 21, 520 E. North Ave., East Palestine, Ohio engaged in in a series of inappropriate and sexually explicit text message conversations with a girl from Cranberry, Butler County.
Agents from the Office of Attorney General's Child Predator Section, along with detectives from the Cranberry Township Police Department recovered evidence from the girl's cellular phone, which indicated that she was being sexually exploited through text messages. Meadows allegedly began texting the child when she was 13 years old.
Between Nov. 13, 2013 and April 25, 2014 agents, acting in an undercover capacity, assumed the identity of the girl and exchanged approximately 500 text messages with Meadows. The majority of Meadows' text messages were sexual in nature and allegedly centered around either soliciting the "girl" to meet him for sexual activity or encouraging her to send him nude photos.
On Friday, April 25, 2014 Meadows sent a series of texts that allegedly encouraged the "girl" to sneak away from her father's house and come to his house for the night so that they could have sex. Meadows was arrested that evening when he arrived at a predetermined location in Cranberry Township.
Meadows is charged with one count of unlawful contact with a minor, one count of criminal attempt/involuntary deviant sexual intercourse, one count of unlawful contact with a minor and one count of criminal use of a communication facility.
He was preliminarily arraigned and held in the Butler County Prison in lieu of $150,000 bail. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for 9 a.m. on May 2, 2014 before Cranberry Magisterial District Judge David Kovach.
Attorney General Kane thanked the Cranberry Township Police Department for its assistance with the investigation.
The case will be prosecuted in Butler County by Deputy Attorney General Anthony Marmo of the Office of Attorney General's Child Predator Section.
Reporting Internet Predators
Suspected Internet predators can be reported to the Attorney General's Child Predator Section by calling the Child Predator Hotline at 1-800-385-1044. Internet safety tips are available on the "Operation Safe Surf" section of www.attorneygeneral.gov. Organizations interested in materials, speakers or presentations should contact the Attorney General's Education and Outreach Unit at 1-800-525-7642 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
(A person charged with a crime is presumed innocent until proven guilty.)
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