Cops: Sexual texts land man in jail

Police, not 13-year-old girl, greet 23-year-old Wanatah man in Chesterton
2010-01-22T16:00:00Z Cops: Sexual texts land man in jailBy Ken Kosky -, (219) 548-4354
January 22, 2010 4:00 pm  • 

CHESTERTON | Chesterton police said a man who came to Chesterton to have sex with the "13-year-old girl" with whom he had exchanged text messages was instead met by police officers.

Robert Greenboam Jr., 23, of Wanatah, was arrested Wednesday and charged with felony attempted child solicitation. He faces up to three years in prison if convicted.

Police said Greenboam thought he was communicating with a young girl, but he was actually exchanging messages with Chesterton Detective Lt. David Cincoski.

Cincoski said the investigation began after a 12-year-old Chesterton boy started receiving text messages from an unknown person named "Bobby" on Wednesday morning. Police said the boy replied that he was only 12. But "Bobby" -- later determined to be Greenboam -- asked if he knew any "sexual wild girls" and indicated he was interested in "kids," according to police reports.

The Chesterton boy's father, in an effort to determine the identity of "Bobby," used his own cellular phone and began communicating with "Bobby." The father claimed to be a 13-year-old named Brittany. The father turned the matter over to police after "Bobby" asked Brittany to perform a sex act, police said.

Police said they reviewed the text messages and determined the father did not prompt "Bobby." Officers took over the communication, and Greenboam wrote about all the sex acts he wanted to engage in with the girl, police said. He then arranged to meet her at a Chesterton apartment.

Police said he arrived about 8:30 p.m. Wednesday and was arrested. Police said he stated he thought the whole thing was a prank by his friends. But police said he admitted he requested sex with a 13-year-old girl.

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