A local man is serving two years in jail for arranging a meeting online for sex with a teen boy – a boy who turned out to be an undercover Internet crimes agent.
The man, Ralph E. Crim, 55, entered a guilty plea to the charge of solicitation of a minor for aggravated statutory rape. He was given a two-year sentence. He is presently serving the term at Putnam County Jail, the county where he was caught trying to solicit the boy.
Cookeville Detective Sgt. Bobby Anderson, who works with the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, said Crim made contact online with a person he believed to be a young teen boy. Unknown to Crim, the boy he thought he was talking to was actually an undercover agent. Conversations continued until a meeting was established.
“He arranged to meet the child for sex,” Anderson revealed, noting lawmen were waiting on Crim when he arrived at the Cookeville address expecting to meet the boy. “He was placed into custody without incident.”
Anderson said Crim is one of many the task force has arrested for trying to set up sexual meetings with children.
“We are very aggressive in trying to catch people online who are trying to harm our kids,” Anderson declared.
The detective said offenders they have caught run the gamut in age and profession. The Cookeville division has arrested Internet predators from around the country.
“We’ve had them from their mid-20s to their 70s, from chemists to store clerks,” said Anderson. “We’ve seen it all.”
As part of his sentence, Crim will have to list himself with the sex offender registry once he gets out of jail.