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Ex Youth Minister Jailed for Exploiting Internet to Solicit Juvenile

A resident and ex-youth minister of Pennsylvania's Greensburg County has been jailed following police allegations that he journeyed more than 100 miles to reach Richmond only to have "sexual contact with a minor". The KSP (Kentucky State Police) Electronic Crime Section, Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force.

The Electronic Crime/Internet Crimes Against Children Team of the Kentucky State Police caught the 39-year-old, Greensburg resident Timothy Scott Richerson on October 12, thanks to a probe.

As per a KSP report, Richerson supposedly had sexual contact with a youngster whom he had met through the computer network.

Richerson is being accused of exploiting the net to contact a youngster, considered a Class D crime. If proved guilty, Richerson could be sentenced to up to five years in prison.

According to Clyde Bertram, investigator at the KSP's Electronic Crime/Internet Crimes Against Children, the contact was started by Richerson's Web page in Myspace featuring Youth For Christ Ministries, as reported by CKNJ Online on October 21, 2007.

He presented himself as a 16-year-old youngster, while initiating the contact, Bertram informed the Central Kentucky News-Journal.

Though the Youth For Christ's page doesn't contain anybody's name, the page's proprietor is outlined as a guy aged 16 from Campbellsville.

As per the police, Richerson was the focus of a cyber probe that started on October 9, 2007. Moreover, he is an ex youth minister at Campbellsville's Freedom Baptist Church.

As stated by the news published by Richmond Register on October 18, 2007, detective Bertram revealed that it was the mother who discovered several Internet chats that troubled her. Policemen on the ICAC Squad often get into online chat rooms pretending to be youngsters, informed Bertram. This is known as "proactive investigation".

Majority of the criminals believe that they can conceal behind the net, and that everyone is unidentified, however, this is only to a limit, alleged Bertram in news reported by Richmond Register.

Investigators from the Police Department at Richmond got in touch with the KSP Electronic Crime Section/ICAC Task Force. Richmond investigators notified that Richerson traveled all the way from Greensburg to Richmond just to enjoy a sexual contact with an adolescent.

As reported by CKNJ Online, Bertram stated that his probe is going on and additional charges are still awaited. Bertram has absolved Richerson's family of any suspicion.

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