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Man charged with sending explicit texts to 12-year-old girl

February 13, 2020 News Extra

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Michael Sparks of Butler, charged with sending inappropriate text messages to 12-year-old girl.

A Butler man is accused of sending inappropriate text messages to a 12-year-old girl.

Butler police charged Michael R. Sparks, 32, Wednesday with a first-degree misdemeanor count of corruption of minors stemming from the alleged sexually explicit texts in January.

The Butler County Children and Youth Services agency notified police Jan. 17 of the suspected unlawful communication, according to investigators.

On Jan. 21, the child’s mother provided police with printouts from her daughter’s phone of the alleged inappropriate text conversation Sparks had with the child. She later turned over the girl’s phone to police.

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