Man accused of soliciting teen boy for sex
HUNTINGTON -- A 49-year-old man from Huntington has been charged with two counts of soliciting a teenager via a computer, according to criminal complaints from Cabell County Magistrate Court.
Paul David Lyons turned himself in for questioning Tuesday and was arrested, said West Virginia State Police Trooper W.G. Hash.
The charges stem from Facebook messaging Thursday and Friday with a 14-year-old boy living in Barboursville.
The graphic messages described what sexual acts the accused would like to perform and receive. Furthermore, the accused sent messages that said "this is wrong," "no one can find out," and "you need to delete these messages."
The criminal complaints say Lyons had been messaging the boy since March but none had been sexual explicit until Thursday night.
The victim's sister notified law enforcement after portraying herself as her brother and receiving the sexually explicit messages.
The criminal complaints say, during their exchange, Lyons tried to arrange a meeting with the boy and asked for his age, which the sister replied 14. At the end of the conversation, the sister told Lyons she would be contacting law enforcement. The criminal complaints said he then tried to bribe her with pills.
Troopers do not believe any physical contact occurred between Lyons and the victim. He described them as acquaintances through family.
Follow reporter Kristi Murphy on Twitter, @Kristi_Murphy. Curtis Johnson contributed to his report.
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