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North Carolina man sent nude photo to 8-year-old girl in Grapeville, police say

Renatta Signorini
| Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015, 10:48 p.m.
David Bryan Poplin of North Carolina is charged with communicating online with an 8-year-old Westmoreland County girl and offering to come visit her to teach her to have sex.
David Bryan Poplin of North Carolina is charged with communicating online with an 8-year-old Westmoreland County girl and offering to come visit her to teach her to have sex.

An arrest warrant has been issued for a registered sex offender living in North Carolina who allegedly sent a nude photo of himself to an 8-year-old girl in Grapeville on an iPad.

David Bryan Poplin, 29, of Durham, N.C., is charged by Pennsylvania state police, who allege that he conversed with the Grapeville girl over photo-sharing and messaging applications, according to an affidavit of probable cause.

The girl's mother reported to state police in August 2014 that a person named “Dave” had contacted her daughter through Kik, a messaging application for mobile devices, according to the affidavit.

The conversation was “sexually explicit,” police said.

“Dave” asked the girl if “he can come to her house and sneak in her bedroom window to show her how to have sex” and perform other sex acts, police said in the complaint.

The girl told “Dave” she was 8 years old, police said, and he suggested they exchange nude photographs. Police said “Dave” sent the girl a photo of his genitals.

Police conducted a forensic examination of the iPad the girl was using and found that “Dave” used Kik and Instagram to chat with the girl. Investigators learned that the accounts were registered to the email username “davidpoplin,” according to court papers.

A search warrant identified several IP addresses associated with the email address, which led investigators to a Marsh Landing Court address in Durham, N.C., police said. A detective there found Poplin living at the address, according to court paperwork.

Poplin is registered as a sex offender as a result of a 2011 conviction in South Carolina for having sexual conduct with a girl in 2008. He had registered the Marsh Landing Court address with South Carolina authorities.

The victim in that case was 15, according to his Megan's Law registration. He is required to register for a minimum of 10 years.

Poplin is charged with solicitation to commit rape, unlawful contact with a minor, dissemination of explicit sexual material to a minor and corruption of minors.

No court action has been scheduled at the Jeannette office of District Judge Joseph DeMarchis.

Renatta Signorini is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-837-5374 or rsignorini@tribweb.com.

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