A Wrightsville man was arrested Wednesday when he tried to have a sexual rendezvous with someone he thought was a 14-year-old girl named Emma, according to the Pennsylvania Attorney General's Office.
Joshua Adam Martin, 32, of 124 Elizabeth Court, is free on $100,000 bail, charged with four counts of unlawful contact with a minor and one count of criminal use of a communication facility. All the charges are felonies.
Special agents with the attorney general's child predator unit focused on Martin after he "met" one of them in an online chat room, according to his arrest affidavit.
Martin thought he was corresponding with "Emma," but in fact was having online conversations with a Lancaster County-based member of the child predator unit, authorities said.
'Creepy'? The first conversation happened July 11, with Martin giving "Emma" his age and saying, "some girls ur age would find that creepy," according to the affidavit.
The conversations continued for months and grew more and more sexually graphic, authorities allege.
Martin discussed things he'd like to do with "Emma," the affidavit states, including "u have to wear pigtails for me. ... Just u naked with ur pigtails."
Martin also wrote "(Of) course we have to make sure ur mom isn't around. And ur not a cop haha," according to the affidavit.
Arrest fears: He admitted he was scared, documents allege, and stated: "I could be arrested and charged with child rape or something like that."
Martin and "Emma" agreed to meet for sex at a local shopping plaza on Route 462 in Lancaster Township, Lancaster County, on Feb. 13, police said.
When Martin arrived there, he was arrested.
He did not immediately return a phone message seeking comment, and it's unclear if he's hired an attorney.
Martin will be prosecuted in Lancaster County by the attorney general's office, and his preliminary hearing is set for March 21.
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