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Online sexual predator caught in Livingston parish

Online sexual predator caught in Livingston parish

POSTED: Tuesday, October 12, 2010 - 11:58am

UPDATED: Tuesday, October 12, 2010 - 11:59am

WALKER, La (WVLA) -- An alleged sexual predator is behind bars today after police say he drove from Missouri to Louisiana to meet with a 15-year-old girl he met over the Internet. Police say law enforcement officials posed as girls ranging in age from 14 to 16 and then spent time "chatting" online in hopes of catching sexual predators.

They say 26-year-old Ryan Michael Sims took the bait and arranged to meet with one of the "girls" in Walker. When he arrived at the planned meeting spot, authorities arrested him without incident. Sims later told officers that he left his home in Texas after arranging to meet a young girl in Missouri.

Sims is charged with one count of computer-aided solicitation for sexual purposes, but authorities say other charges are possible. He is booked in the Livingston Parish Detention Center with a bond set at $50,000.

Tune in to NBC33 tonight at 5 and 10 for more on Sims' arrest and tips to keep your children safe from online sexual predators.

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