W. Columbia man arrested in Internet predator sting

WEST COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - A West Columbia man was arrested Thursday in an Internet predator sting, according to Attorney General Henry McMaster's office.

Officials say 30-year-old Paul Kenneth Melcher was arrested on one count of criminal solicitation of a minor.

According to an arrest warrant, beginning on February 9, 2010, Melcher solicited sex on the Internet from an individual he believed to be a minor girl. In reality, he was soliciting sex from an undercover Mauldin police officer.

A search warrant issued netted officers four computers and several other items.

Melcher's bond was set Thursday at $5,000. If convicted, he could face up to ten years in prison.

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