Tuesday, September 17, 2002

Man who met teen on Web arrested

The Cincinnati Enquirer

        FLORENCE - A 26-year-old Illinois man has been charged with stalking and unlawful transaction with a minor, after he was found Saturday at the home of a 15-year-old local girl he'd met on the Internet.

        The Boone County sheriff's office arrested David Ramsey of Naperville, Ill., at the home at 10:40 p.m. Saturday. The office also executed outstanding warrants held on the unemployed man, on allegations of stalking and two counts of harassing communications.

        Police say that Mr. Ramsey met the girl in an online chat room, where he told her he was 15 years old. Improper contact with the girl continued for several months via the Internet, telephone calls and at least two visits, police said.

        The victim's mother told police Mr. Ramsey would call the house several times a day and then tried to contact the girl through relatives and neighbors. One neighbor's caller ID showed 34 calls in less than 24 hours.

        Mr. Ramsey had been warned to avoid communication with the girl.

        Mr. Ramsey is in the Boone County jail in lieu of $50,000 cash bond.


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