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.
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.