Goose Creek man charged in undercover sting
GOOSE CREEK, SC (WCSC) - A 29-year-old Goose Creek man faces multiple charges after chatting online with an undercover officer posing as a 14-year-old girl.
Milton Ramon Padin is charged with five counts of criminal solicitation of a minor and one count of second-degree attempted criminal sexual conduct with a minor, according to South Carolina Attorney General's Office spokesman Mark Powell.
The charges stem from an incident on Feb. 19 in which a member of the state's Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force posed as a 14-year-old female on a social media application, an incident report from the Charleston County Sheriff's Office states.
Padin began attempting to message the "persona" of the undercover officer, acknowledged the persona's age as 14 and asked if it bothered "her" that he was older, the report states.
Deputies say he identified his age as 25 and claimed to be in the Navy.
When Padin traveled to a pre-arranged location to meet the "persona" on March 10, he was arrested by Charleston County deputies, Powell said. Investigators also seized several electronic devices for forensic examination, he said.
Padin was being held at the Al Cannon Detention Center pending a bond hearing Friday.
Powell said each count of criminal solicitation of a minor is a felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison, and the charge of second-degree attempted criminal sexual conduct with a minor is a felony punishable by up to 20 years in prison and sex offender registry status.
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