Chase man, 41, arrested in Carroll in Internet sex sting

February 06, 2002|By Sheridan Lyons | Sheridan Lyons,SUN STAFF

A Baltimore County man was jailed yesterday on charges of arranging to pay for sexual acts with a fictitious 13-year-old girl in an Internet chat room and driving to meet her at a Finksburg fast-food restaurant - where he found undercover state troopers instead, authorities said.

Robert Michael Rysak, 41, of the 3800 block of Dunsmuir Circle in the Chase area of eastern Baltimore County was being held at the Carroll County Detention Center in Westminster on $50,000 bail, set early yesterday by a Carroll District Court commissioner.

Rysak is accused of using a computer to solicit unlawful sexual conduct with a person he believed to be a minor, the nonexistent Lisa Jenkins.

The case began when Cpl. David L. Brauning of the state police Computer Crimes Unit in Columbia was working undercover on the Internet about 2:30 p.m. Monday, using the screen name lisalee13, according to charging documents in District Court.

He said he received an unsolicited contact from "boblv4u," then entered the chat room "Romance, Maryland Area," and was asked for age, gender and location.

When the trooper posing as 82-pound, 5-foot Lisa responded, "13, female and Maryland," he was asked, "How would you like to make a couple hundred dollars?" according to the charging documents.

They eventually arranged to meet at 4 p.m. in the parking lot of Roy Rogers Family Restaurant at Routes 140 and 91 in Finksburg, in a green Nissan Sentra, according to the charging documents.

About 4:15 p.m. Monday, a Nissan circled the restaurant twice and parked, and officers approached the driver and arrested him, according to police.

This is the unit's 28th case involving charges of online solicitation of minors.

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