Kansas City, Mo. A former Kansas police officer and school board member was indicted by a federal grand jury Tuesday on charges that he crossed state lines and attempted to entice a minor over the Internet for illicit sex.
The 40-year-old man from Leavenworth, Kan., is accused of communicating on Facebook with what he thought was a 14-year-old boy and setting up a meeting with the boy for sex. Prosecutors said he was actually communicating with agents with the FBI’s Cyber Crimes Task Force.
The former officer is also a former DARE officer with the Lansing Police Department, coordinator of the Safe Kids program, and in 2008 was named the department’s officer of the year. He resigned from the department, school board and leadership position with the Cub Scouts in November.
The man was in federal custody pending a detention hearing Wednesday. His attorneys with the federal public defender’s office in Kansas City declined to comment when contacted by The Associated Press on Tuesday.
Prosecutors said federal investigators got involved in the case after the man questioned an 18-year-old on Facebook about his sexual orientation and asked if the teen had any friends who were homosexual or bisexual.
An FBI agent posing as a 14-year-old boy started talking with the man online in early December and the chats became sexual in nature, prosecutors allege. Investigators said he made arrangements Dec. 28 to meet with the boy, “Alex,” the next day in Kansas City, Mo., and was arrested when he showed up at the planned meeting place.
According to court documents, the man has many Facebook friends who are either current or former students in Lansing-area schools. Investigators said he told them after his arrest that he knew the boy was underage, but he couldn’t remember if he was 15 or 16 years old.