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.