VALPARAISO | Valparaiso police said they arrested a Valparaiso man after he offered the young man who delivered a pizza to his apartment $150 to engage in a sex act.
Fred Engelhardt, 25, of 4503 Concord Square Drive, was arrested at 1 a.m. Thursday on charges of possession of marijuana, possession of paraphernalia and maintaining a common nuisance after police reported finding drugs and paraphernalia while investigating the sexual proposition.
Police said they are also forwarding their report to prosecutors for consideration of a prostitution-related charge.
Police said an acquaintance of Engelhardt's was at the apartment, but apparently didn't know about the offer to pay the delivery driver to engage in a sex act. Police said Joshua Soleski, 25, of 1701 Bartz Road, Valparaiso, did admit smoking marijuana with Engelhardt. Soleski was arrested on a charge of visiting a common nuisance.
The pizza delivery driver -- a 20-year-old man -- told police he delivered the pizza to one address, but found it was the wrong address, so he called the phone number from the order and learned the correct address. After delivering the pizza to Engelhardt, the delivery driver said he received several text messages of a sexual nature. The driver replied that he was not interested.
The driver notified his manager, who called police. Police said they spoke with Engelhardt and he admitted sending the text messages, stating he found the delivery driver to be cute and wanted to engage in sexual activity with him.
Police said they saw drug paraphernalia in Engelhardt's apartment and smelled an odor of marijuana. Police said Engelhardt turned over some marijuana and paraphernalia.