Virginia man, 48, arrested in task force Net sex sting

Sheriff's deputy posed as 13-year-old girl online

February 21, 2002|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

A 48-year-old Virginia man was arrested yesterday on charges that he traveled to Carroll County to have sex with a person he met a week ago on the Internet - a sheriff's deputy posing as a 13-year-old girl, according to Maryland State Police.

Jean Y. Agbey of the 5900 block of Norham Drive, Alexandria, was charged with two counts of attempted second-degree sex offense, using a computer to solicit sex with a minor, and possession of a drug without a prescription, police said. His bail was to be set by a District Court commissioner.

An investigation began Feb. 12 when a man contacted the deputy, a member of the Maryland Internet Crimes against Children Task Force who was posing as a teen-age girl during online conversations, police said. The man solicited sex, police said, and a meeting was arranged for 11 a.m. yesterday in Carroll County, after the man sent a photograph of himself and a description of his gold-colored Chrysler Sebring convertible with Virginia license plates.

Police and sheriff's deputies were waiting at the undisclosed location when a man arrived about 10:35 a.m. in his vehicle and was arrested, said Sgt. Thornnie Rouse, a state police spokesman.

The arrest was the third in Carroll County this month - a Baltimore County man and a Baltimore City man were arrested in the parking lot of a Finksburg fast-food restaurant two weeks ago. Both men are accused of going to meet fictitious 13-year-old girls they met on the Internet.

Yesterday's arrest was the 30th by the task force since it was formed three years ago with a federal grant. It is coordinated by the state police Computer Crimes Unit, and its members include investigators from Carroll, Frederick and Howard counties.

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