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Monticello man convicted of child solicitation after posting online ad

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – A Tippecanoe County jury has decided the fate of a Monticello man, accused of scheduling a date for sex with a person who he thought was a teenager.

According to 24-Hour News 8, partner station, WLFI, after an hour of deliberation on Wednesday, a jury found 49-year-old Mathias Gaumer guilty of both child solicitation and attempted possession of child pornography.

In February of 2014, a detective sergeant with the Lafayette Police Department discovered an explicit advertisement posted on the internet, seeking underage sex. The officer responded to the ad, under the guise of a teenager.

Gaumer identified himself as the person who posted the ad, and they agreed to meet at a Family Dollar on Teal Road.

That’s where an officer with the Lafayette Police Department detained Gaumer, who admitted to investigators that he was planning to have sex with a 14-year old girl.