Valley man allegedly pursued sex with girl
A Fredericktown man allegedly attempted to solicit sex from an undercover police officer he thought was a 15-year-old girl.
Donald Edward Duricic, 28, of 1619 Morey Road, is charged with two counts of unlawful contact with a minor for the purpose of sexual acts and one count of unlawful contact with a minor for the purpose of disseminating explicit materials.
According to an affidavit of probable cause, at 11:13 a.m. April 13, Duricic allegedly placed an ad in the “casual encounters” section of the website Craigslist titled “19 and younger.”
In the ad, Duricic stated he “loved younger women,” adding, “pick you up if need be.”
A Southwest Regional Police officer posing as a teenager responded to the ad via email. Duricic responded by asking the emailer's age. He requested a photograph and asked for a meeting.
According to the affidavit, Duricic told the emailer his fantasy was “SUB 18.” Police said that meant Duricic wanted to have sex with a girl younger than 18.
Duricic then asked several questions of a sexual nature, according to the affidavit. Duricic agreed to a meeting at Belle Vernon Park.
Southwest Regional Chief John Hartman said a female officer – “dressed down to play the role of a 15 year old” – met with Duiricic.
“He met with us thinking he was meeting with a young girl,” Hartman said.
Duricic was arrested at the park.
He was arraigned by Magisterial District Judge Jesse Cramer in Belle Vernon and placed in the Fayette County Jail in lieu of $40,000 straight cash bond.
“This is just another indication of whom people have to be careful of when they wind up on the cyber highway,” Hartman said.
“The operation was local, the man was local and the arrest was made by local police. We see it even extends here.
“There's more than just him. Parents should be careful what their kids are doing on the Internet.
“We have every intention of continuing on this line of investigation.”
Chris Buckley is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-684-2642 or email@example.com.
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