East Vandergrift man arrested in Charleroi after allegedly arranging to meet girl, 15, for sex
A 15-year-old girl called Charleroi Regional Police after a man she'd been communicating with through Facebook offered her $500 for sex.
Michael Bober, 34, of 237 Quay St., East Vandergrift, is now in jail after police arrested him while he was allegedly on his way to meet the girl in downtown Charleroi.
Bober was arraigned Friday morning by Magisterial District Judge Larry Hopkins in Charleroi on felony charges of promoting/encouraging prostitution, criminal use of a communication facility, unlawful contact with a minor-prostitution, and corruption of minors. He was also charged with DUI-first offense and driving with a suspended or revoked license.
Hopkins sent him to the Washington County Correctional Facility when he was unable to post $250,000 straight cash bond.
The girl contacted police Thursday, after Bober allegedly arranged to meet her in the area of the 400 block of McKean Avenue in Charleroi, according to the criminal complaint. Bober reportedly told the teen he would be driving a “Mercedes.”
Officer Ryan Brand stated the girl showed him numerous texts and Facebook messages Bober allegedly sent her. The messages stated he wanted to have sex with the girl in exchange for $500, according to the complaint.
Surveillance was set up after the teen told police Bober was on his way to the borough for their meeting.
Brand stated he saw Bober's vehicle “circle” the area where the girl was waiting five times. The teen identified the driver of the gold car as Bober, police stated.
Bober allegedly fled the area after he thought the girl was being followed, the complaint states.
Police stopped his vehicle at the intersection of Sixth Street and Fallowfield Avenue and determined Bober was driving under the influence of alcohol and with a suspended license.
He faces a preliminary hearing 9 a.m. April 24 before Hopkins.
Bober pleaded guilty to DUI-first offense Oct. 22 in Allegheny County Court following his arrest April 11, 2013, in Springdale.
He was sentenced to the DUI Alternative to Jail program for 90 days, six months probation and ordered to have a drug and alcohol evaluation.
Stacy Wolford is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-684-2640 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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