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May 4, 2011

Windber man accused of soliciting teenage girls on Internet

WINDBER —  A Windber man allegedly used the Internet to solicit two teenage girls for sex.

He was arrested when the girls turned out to be undercover agents working for the state attorney general.

James A. Stigers Jr., 58, of the 100 block of Holly Path, was charged Tuesday with one count each of unlawful contact with a minor, criminal attempted unlawful contact with a minor and criminal use of a computer.

All are felonies.

He is one of a growing list of Internet predators to be charged as a result of undercover operations.

Stigers allegedly used the Internet to proposition what he thought were two 13-year-old girls, according to investigators for the Child Predator Unit.

Stigers used chat rooms to find the girls and began conversations with them on June 23, authorities said.

He allegedly used a computer webcam to show himself nude, authorities said.

Stigers also proposed a camping trip with one of the girls and promised to provide alcohol.

He was arraigned by District Judge Susan Mankamyer of Boswell, who set bail at $100,000.

Each felony is punishable by up to seven years in prison and $15,000 in fines.

Police from Paint Township and Somerset assisted in the investigation.

The Child Predator Unit has made 292 arrests since it was created in 2005 according to Acting Attorney General Bill Ryan.  

Parents are urged to warn children if someone uses the Internet to talk about sex, send or request explicit videos or pictures, shares links to pornography or attempt to arrange a face-to-face meeting.  

  Suspected Internet predators can be reported to the Attorney General’s Office by clicking on the “Report a Predator” link, located on the front page of the Attorney General’s website, at www.attorneygeneral.gov or by calling the Child Predator Hotline at (800) 385-1044.

 

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