CRANBERRY TWP — Police have arrested an Ohio man who allegedly sent more than 500 “sexually explicit” text messages to a 14-year-old Cranberry Township girl.
That man, identified by the state attorney general’s office as Jacob Meadows, 21, of East Palestine, Ohio, also traveled to Cranberry Township in an attempt to meet the girl for sex.
However, Meadows only found police waiting at the predetermined location last Friday. He was arrested and is currently being held in the Butler County Prison in lieu of $150,000 bail.
A preliminary hearing is tentatively scheduled for 9 a.m. Friday in front of District Judge Dave Kovach.
According to a news release from the attorney general’s office, the communication between Meadows and the girl started in the middle of November and only ended after his arrest.
However, officers acting in an undercover capacity assumed the girl’s identity after she alerted police about the text messages. It was during this time that officers exchanged about 500 text messages with the suspect.
“The majority of Meadows’ text messages were sexual in nature and allegedly centered around either soliciting the girl to meet him for sexual activity or encouraging her to send him nude photos,” the news release said.
Meadows allegedly encouraged the girl to sneak away from her father’s house to meet for sex. He was arrested when he arrived in Cranberry Township.