Sex offender arrested for importuning in Van Wert



VAN WERT — A Van Wert man was arrested after allegedly trying to entice a teenager to have sex with him.

According to a news release from the Van Wert County Sheriff’s Office, deputies executed search warrants Wednesday at 210 W. First St. and 339 N. Jefferson St., Van Wert.

Registered sex offender Dezmond C. Bywaters, 26, of Van Wert, was arrested for importuning, a fifth-degree felony. Bywaters is being held at the Van Wert County jail, awaiting arraignment in Van Wert Municipal Court.

Citizens with information related to Bywaters should contact officers at 419-238-3866 or, using the “Submit a Crime Tip” link on the homepage. Van Wert County Crime Stoppers at 419-238-STOP (7867) may also be used to report information. Information is taken anonymously.

The Van Wert Police Department assisted with this investigation, which is continuing.


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