Columbia man arrested on suspicion of cyber crime

Sunday, December 16, 2012 | 3:11 p.m. CST

COLUMBIA — A Columbia man was arrested Saturday on suspicion of Internet related crimes involving minors.

The suspect allegedly exchanged emails and text messages with an undercover detective posing as a 14-year-old boy from Boone County, according to a Boone County Sheriff's Department Cyber Crimes Task Force news release.

Shaun Michael Dierker, 27, was arrested on suspicion of the attempted enticement of a child and attempted second-degree statutory sodomy.

Dierker enticed and encouraged the officer who he believed was a child to meet him at a local fast food restaurant on Saturday, the release said. The purpose of the meeting was to engage in sexual conduct. The suspect was approached by detectives when he arrived at the restaurant, according to the news release.

Dierker's cellphone and two computers have been confiscated by the Cyber Crimes Task Force, according to the news release.

At the time of the release, bond had not been set.

Supervising editor is Emilie Stigliani.


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