Johnson County Sheriff's officers arrested a 19-year-old Lawrence man Wednesday on a charge of indecent solicitation of a child.
Master Deputy Tom Erickson, a sheriff spokesman, said the man was taken into custody after he showed up for what he believed would be a meeting with a 14-year-old girl.
Earlier, the man had been chatting on the Internet and solicited sexual conversations with a sheriff's detective posing as a young person, Erickson said.
The department started using the detective in that capacity in January, Erickson said. So far, 15 other people have been arrested on similar charges and their cases are pending in court, Erickson said.
Officers allege the Lawrence man arrested on Wednesday expected a sexual encounter with a 14-year-old when he arrived at the meeting place. Erickson also said the detective only poses as a young person online and does not seek out the sexual conversations.
"He doesn't bring it up," Erickson said of the sheriff's detective.
The man remained in the Johnson County Jail on Thursday in lieu of $10,000 bond.