BOONVILLE — The Mid-Missouri Internet Crimes Task Force, assisted by the Boonville Police Department, arrested a Boonville man Wednesday on suspicion of enticing of a child, according to a news release from the task force.
According to the release:
The investigation began in an Internet chat room in March. A task force detective posed as a 14-year-old Columbia girl. Samuel T. Henson, 30, engaged in sexually explicit conversations over the Internet and text messaging. During several of the conversations the suspect solicited the child to engage in sexual conduct with him.
The investigation took nearly seven months to complete. Task force coordinator Andy Anderson said Internet predator investigations take longer than other types of crime because the predators tend to repeatedly contact their victims.
"These are not overnight investigations," Anderson said. "They talk to these kids for a long time."
Anderson said the detective wasn’t looking for anyone in particular in the chat room. He was posing as a child and the suspect made "unsolicited" contact.
As of Thursday, Henson was being held in the Boone County Jail. His bond had not been set.