Facebook sex sting leads to arrest of Lima man

By J Swygart - jswygart@limanews.com



LIMA — A 26-year-old Lima man who believed he was talking to a 14-year-old girl on Facebook was actually talking to police when he made arrangements to meet the young girl in anticipation of a sexual encounter. He now faces a series of charges for the sexually-explicit conversations.

Jordan Alkire was indicted by a local grand jury on charges of importuning, attempted unlawful sexual conduct with a minor and two counts of disseminating matter harmful to juveniles. He was arrested by deputies from the Allen County Sheriff’s Office and will be arraigned in Allen County Common Pleas Court on Friday.

According to a narrative of the case written by Sheriff’s Office Detective Ryan Ream and contained in court documents, a Facebook page was created in August under the name of “Shelby Long,” who professed to be a 14-year-old female from Lima.

Ream said the site almost immediately generated frequent private messages, including some of which included sexual advances from males. In early November, Ream said, Alkire allegedly sent a message of a mostly generic nature to the young female. Later that month he messaged her again, asking if he could “take her out” on a date.

Ream, posing as the young girl, reportedly reminded Alkire that he was corresponding with a 14-year-old. “He said he wanted to be my boyfriend … and asked if I was afraid of playing around with him,” Ream wrote of his role as Shelby Long. Alkire also asked the teenager if she wanted to have sexual intercourse and also set numerous, unsolicited photos of his genitalia via Facebook Messenger, according to court documents.

On Dec. 1, Ream — still posing as the teen — made arrangements to meet in Lima’s Robb Park. Based on Alkire’s description of the clothing he would be wearing during the meeting, Ream and Detective Nate Music approached Alkire at the park and arrested him on the importuning charge.


By J Swygart


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