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Elderly man accused of soliciting teen in Nicholas County

Published: Jun. 22, 2022 at 1:21 PM EDT
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NICHOLAS COUNTY, W.Va (WDTV) - An elderly man was charged after officers said he solicited what he believed to be an underage teen in Nicholas County.

Thakorbhai Patel, 76, was communicating with who he thought was a 14-year-old teen on social media, according to a criminal complaint.

Patel allegedly asked the teen to “engage in sexual activities” during a conversation and set a meeting place at the Nicholas County Memorial Park.

After Patel changed the meeting location to a nearby gas station, officers said they were able to stop him.

According to the report, Patel told officers in a statement he communicated with who he was told to be a 14-year-old teen.

Patel has been charged with soliciting a minor via a computer. He is being held at Central Regional Jail on a $100,000 bond.

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