Sunday, November 05, 2000

Teacher arrested in Internet sex sting

        A Columbus physical education teacher was arrested at a downtown Cincinnati hotel Saturday in an undercover Internet sting, according to Hamilton County Prosecutor Mike Allen.

        Sheriff's deputies made the arrest at the Holiday Inn on Lynn Street, Mr. Allen said.

        The man, whose name was not released, thought he was meeting a teen-ager he had met over the Internet. Authorities say the man sent sexually explicit material through an Internet chat room.

        They say he spoke several times with someone he thought was a 14-year-old girl, but the person he corresponded with was actually a sheriff's investigator. The investigator arranged a meeting at the hotel. When the man drove from Columbus, prosecutors say, he was arrested.

        Sheriff's spokesman Steve Barnett confirmed the arrest.

        “There are individuals out there who want to prey on young people,” Mr. Allen said. “We're going to continue to be vigilant.”


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