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Sean Philip Cotter

The state attorney general's office has charged a Dover Township man with trying to solicit sex from what he believed was a 13-year-old girl.

Jeremy N. Pressel, 29, of the 2400 block of Emigs Mill Road, is charged with one count each of unlawful contact with a minor, criminal attempt to commit statutory sexual assault and criminal use of a communication facility, according to a news release from the AG's office.

Jeremy Pressel

The AG's office says agents in the office's child predator section posed online as a 13-year-old girl in an effort to find child predators.

Pressel, believing he was talking to a 13-year-old, began sending the agents sexually explicit messages, according to the AG's office. He then tried to arrange to meet for sex, the AG's office says. When he got to the meeting place, law enforcement arrested him, according to the release.

In the release, the AG's office thanked Springettsbury Township Police and the U.S. Postal Inspection Services.

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The AG's release said information about Pressel's bail and further hearings wasn't readily available, and there aren't any documents in the state's online court records system regarding criminal charges against him. But he was in York County Prison briefly on Saturday on those charges, according to prison records, before he made his $25,000 bail that day.

— Reach Sean Cotter or on Twitter at@SPCotterYD.