NORTH EAST, Md. (WJZ) — Maryland State Police arrested a man Friday on charges he solicited sex from an undercover trooper who was posing as a child over the Internet in Cecil County.
Fred Packard, 73, of Havre de Grace, is charged with one count of sexual solicitation of a minor. He was taken to the MSP North East Barrack for processing.
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According to a preliminary investigation, a trooper with the Maryland State Police Computer Crimes Unit in December was monitoring an online dating application while posing as a 14-year-old male.
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Packard initiated an online conversation with the goal of soliciting a sexual encounter with the minor, police said.
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The suspect suggested meeting with whom he thought was the minor in North East. According to police, Packard arrived at that location and was arrested at the scene.