Ronald S. Biars, 64, of Lucasville, whom authorities say attempted to make contact for sex with a 14-year-old, has been indicted by a Scioto County grand jury on two charges – importuning and attempted unlawful sexual conduct with a minor.
The legal definition of importuning is – “No person shall solicit a person who is less than thirteen years of age to engage in sexual activity with the offender, whether or not the offender knows the age of such person.”
A person, who is 18 or older, can be charged if they knowingly or recklessly attempt to engage in sexual conduct with another person who is 13 years old but less than 16.
On March 27, 2017, the father of a 14-year-old girl reportedly contacted the Scioto County Sheriff’s Office when he said he found disturbing messages wanting to meet the child for sex, from an adult male on the girl’s phone.
An investigation was held and during that investigation, the detective took possession of the girl’s cell phone and social media accounts. While those things were in the detectives possession, Scioto County Sheriff Marty V. Donini said
The suspect was not aware that he was actually communicating with a detective and he reportedly wanted the victim to meet him across the street from her school at 2:30 p.m. on Friday, March 31, 2017. Detectives were able to surround the suspect’s vehicle when he pulled in and he was detained without incident.
Captain John Murphy told the Daily Times that during the investigation, detectives were able to determine that the suspect was aware that the victim was only 14 years old and that the suspect’s intentions were to have a relationship with the victim.
Donini said his office has taken an active role along with Juvenile Court against computer and social media crimes by sending a detective to the local schools to talk with the kids about internet safety, social media and bullying in school.
Reach Frank Lewis at 740-353-3101, ext. 1928, or on Twitter @franklewisPDT.