Va. man held in Net sex sting posts bail

Police said suspect arranged to meet officer posing as 13-year-old girl

February 22, 2002|By Sheridan Lyons | Sheridan Lyons,SUN STAFF

A 48-year-old Virginia man has posted bail after police say he attempted to meet a fictitious 13-year-old girl Wednesday in Westminster following a week of sexually explicit propositions on the Internet, according to court records.

Jean Youssef Agbey of the 59000 block of Norham Drive, Alexandria, was released late Wednesday from the Carroll County Detention Center. He is charged with using a computer to solicit sex with a minor; two counts of attempted second-degree sexual offense; and possession of Viagra without a prescription, according to Carroll County District Court records.

The case began Feb. 12, when Cpl. Bradley K. Brown signed on to the Internet as "Sarah198913," posing as a cheerleader from the Westminster-Taneytown area who said she liked babysitting and hanging out with friends at the mall, and would "try anything once, live for the moment," according to court documents.

During an online conversation, "jfunme" asked her age, commented, "wow I will go to jail for you ... ," asked about her experience with boys and whether she had ever kissed a 36-year-old, according to Brown. His messages discussed meeting for a kiss, then suggested sexual acts, and asked to talk on the telephone, according to court documents.

On Feb. 14, a female deputy posed as the girl in a telephone call, which included the man telling a sexually explicit joke and talking of driving to Maryland in his Chrysler convertible to meet and have pizza, according to the court documents.

The person on the Internet became more graphic in two later communications and sent a photograph of himself, which police described as "a bald white male of about 45," according to the documents.

In an Internet chat Tuesday, a meeting was set for 11 a.m. Wednesday near the movie theaters at the TownMall of Westminster at Route 140 and Center Street. A Virginia State Police agent traced the telephone number to Millennium Travel and Buses Inc. and found the described car parked there, according to the charging documents.

The suspect told police when he was arrested at the mall that he believed that the person he spoke with on the telephone was older, according to the charging documents.

Brown is a member of the Maryland Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, which has filed charges this month against three men who police say arranged trysts over the Internet and traveled to Carroll County to meet supposed 13-year-old girls for sexual activity.

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