UPDATE: Wood County man facing federal charges after traveling to Bridgeport for sex with underage girl, police say
BRIDGEPORT, W.Va (WDTV) -
UPDATE STORY (12/2/2020 9:28 am):
56-year-old Steven Lockhart of Wood County, faces federal charges for allegedly traveling to Bridgeport to have sex with who he thought was a 15-year-old girl.
Federal authorities have charged Lockhart with attempted coercion and enticement of a minor and attempted transfer of obscene materials to a minor.
He faces up to life in prison for the coercion count and up to ten years for the obscene material charge.
ORIGINAL STORY (09/24/2020 11:11 am):
A man from Wood County was arrested for allegedly planning to meet what he believed was a 15-year-old girl for sex, according to police.
Officials say that Steven Lockhart, 56, began talking to who he thought was an underage girl using social media on April 15. Approximately a week later, he started texting with the 15-year-old about wanting to meet her, according to a police report. Officials say the, “conversations were sexual in nature” and that Lockhart sent the victim explicit photographs via text message.
In an interview with police, officials say that Lockhart admitted that he knew the victim was 15 years old and that he had traveled from his home in Davisville to Bridgeport, planning to have sexual intercourse with the underage girl.
He is charged with solicitation of a minor via computer and traveling to engage the minor in prohibited sexual activity. He is being held at North Central Regional Jail.
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