A Charlotte man was arrested on child solicitation and other charges after police said he arranged online to meet for sex with someone in Lincolnton he thought was a child.
Jeffrey Alan Churchwell, 51, was arrested last week after a month-long undercover operation in which Lincolnton police detectives posed as children on various social media sites.
“During the operation, detectives and Churchwell developed a dialogue in which an agreement was made for Churchwell to meet the child in Lincolnton in order to have an unlawful sexual relationship,” police said in a statement. “Churchwell arrived to the pre-determined location to meet the child where he was then arrested without incident.”
Police said they also seized pornographic and obscene pictures of children from Churchwell.
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Churchwell was charged with solicit a child for unlawful sex act by a computer and appearing to meet such child, third-degree sexual exploitation of a minor and four counts of disseminate obscene material to a minor. Churchwell was in the Lincoln County Jail on Wednesday on $250,000 bail.
Anyone with information about Churchwell is asked to call Lincolnton police Detective Brent Heavner at 704-736-8900.