Police: Man solicited child online

GREENFIELD — A Greenfield man was arrested at his home Tuesday after officers received a report he had asked a child online to engage in a sex act, police said.

The suspect’s name had not been released Tuesday afternoon as the investigation continued.

Police went to the suspect’s home in the 700 block of Shel-Lyn Court on the city’s southwest side around 9:15 a.m. after receiving “an Internet complaint,” Sheriff’s Detective Sgt. Bridget Foy said.

The suspect was home and was arrested without incident, she said.

The case is a joint investigation between the Hancock County Sheriff’s Department and Indiana State Police Cyber Crime Unit.

State Police set up a mobile command center in the driveway of the home, and police remained on the scene for several hours, gathering evidence.

Investigators said they expected to provide the Hancock County Prosecutor’s Office with a final report Tuesday afternoon.

Investigators planned to ask the prosecutor to charge the man with child solicitation, Foy said.

Child solicitation is typically a Level 5 felony, but the charge is enhanced to a Level 4 felony when a computer network is used to contact the child, according to the Indiana criminal code.

A Level 4 felony carries a penalty range of two to 12 years and up to $10,000 in fines.

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Daniel Morgan is a reporter at the Greenfield Daily Reporter. He can be reached at (317) 477-3228 or dmorgan@greenfieldreporter.com.