ROCKLEDGE MAN ARRESTED AFTER ATTEMPTING TO LURE A CHILD TO COMMIT SEXUAL ACTS USING INSTAGRAM
Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin R. Steele and Abington Township Police Chief Patrick Molloy announce the arrest of Anthony Cheathem, 35, of Rockledge, on charges of Criminal Intent to Commit Involuntary Deviate Sexual Intercourse with a Child Under 16, Statutory Sexual Assault, Unlawful Contact with a Minor, Indecent Assault, Corruption of a Minor, Criminal Use of a Communication Facility and other related charges.
On July 1, 2018, a report was filed with Abington Police regarding an adult male attempting to lure a child over the Internet. The victim, a 15-year-old female, was sent a message on Instagram complimenting her on her photos and including a cell phone number. The girl showed the message to an adult friend, who pretended to be the juvenile and began exchanging messages with the male while clearly stating she was just 15 years old. The defendant’s messages stated he wanted to meet the teenager and became sexual in nature. At that point, the victim’s family contacted police. Click here to read more.