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Youth pastor arrested for child solicitation in Randolph County

UNION CITY, Ind. (WISH) — A man is in custody after officials said he attempted to solicit minors using social media.

An investigation into the behavior of 19-year-old Alexander Roesly began July 5 after a report that he was sending messages that were “sexual in nature” to children over Snapchat, according to a news release from Capt. Tom Pullins of the Randolph County Sheriff’s Department in Winchester.

The investigation discovered that Roesly sent messages to 13-year-old and 15-year old girls. In both instances, he asked the girls if they’d like to be “friends with benefits” with him.

The 15-year-old girl was an attendee at Praise Chapel of Church God in Union City, where Roesly served as a youth pastor.

Roesly faces a felony count of child solicitation for the messages he sent to the 13-year-old girl.

He does not face any charges for sending messages to the 15-year-old girl, as Indiana law states a person must be over the age of 21 for child solicitation charges to be enforced.

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