West Chester man arrested for allegedly soliciting sex from investigators pretending to be teen

A 64-year-old West Chester Twp. man has been charged with soliciting sex with a minor after he believed he was communicating with a 15-year-old boy, according to Butler County Sheriff Richard K. Jones.

Stewart Dickerson of Lakesedge Court was charged Tuesday with importuning, a fifth-degree felony, and disseminating matter harmful to juveniles, a first-degree misdemeanor.

Dickerson believed he was communicating with a 15- year-old boy, but the Butler County Sheriff’s Office investigations division was posing as the teen, according to the sheriff’s office. After agreeing to meet him, Dickerson was taken into custody when he arrived.

Lt. Ed Tanner said Dickerson agreed to meet within an hour of communication. He agreed to meet at a gas station on Fairgrove Avenue across from the Butler County Fairgrounds.

Dickerson gave a description of the vehicle he would be driving, and when he arrived, detectives were waiting for him, according to Tanner.

Detectives executed multiple search warrants at Dickerson’s residence and for his car, where they seized electronics and a bag of items he planned to use in the encounter, Tanner said.

Dickerson was booked into the Butler County Jail on Tuesday afternoon and arraigned this morning in Hamilton Municipal Court, where bond was set at $25,000

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