Sebring man indicted for soliciting girl, 12

A 28-year-old man was indicted Thursday on charges that allege he tried to solicit a 12-year-old girl Sebring girl he met on the internet for sex.

Joshua Reynolds, of East Oregon Avenue, was charged with two third-degree felony counts of importuning by a Mahoning County grand jury. He posted $2,500 bond and was placed on electronically monitored house arrest.

Court records say he is allowed free from house arrest on July 6 for his wedding.

Sebring Det. Ray Harris said they caught Reynolds, and another man who was indicted last week, by posing as the girl and setting up times to meet up for sex.

When the men showed up to the appointments, they were arrested.

Matthew Davis, 22, of East Virginia Avenue, was indicted last week on charges of third-degree felony importuning and fifth-degree felony disseminating material harmful to juveniles.

He is scheduled for arraignment July 2. Bond was set at $75,000 and he was ordered to have no contact with the girl, to have no online communications and was prohibited from visiting online dating sites.

Harris said Davis sent the girl a picture of his groin.

Harris said the girl’s mother found the girl had set up an account claiming she was 20 years old on a dating website.

Both Reynolds and Davis were later made aware the girl was 12 and in seventh grade, Harris said, and proceeded to set up times for them to meet for sex. Harris said Reynolds suggested once the girl skip school to meet with him.

The two sent the girl text and online messages.

Harris then acted as the girl and arranged for them to meet. Reynolds didn’t show up the first time but then agreed to meet her at the corner of 15th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue. When he showed up, police arrested him.


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