CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. -- A man was arrested Tuesday after he attempted to pick up a 13-year-old Goshen boy he met on the Internet at a Greyhound bus station in Chattanooga, Tenn.
Ryan K. Freeman, 21, of Harrison, Tenn., is charged with importuning, a felony, after soliciting “sexual contact” from the victim, according to investigators.
The boy's grandmother told WCPO Freeman met the child on the Playstation Network, an online video game network.
The conversation later moved to Facebook and other digital forms of communication, where Freeman asked her grandson for photos, according to the boy's grandmother.
When the teen's mother saw Freeman's alleged messages to her son, she immediately went to Goshen police.
Deputies with the sheriff’s office in Hamilton County, Tenn., say they learned of the interaction between Freeman and the child on Oct. 3 when they were contacted by Goshen officers.
Investigators in Goshen say they took over the child's Internet accounts and had "extensive conversations" with Freeman in order to confirm his identity.
During the interactions, Freeman requested to have sexual contact with the victim and purchased him a bus ticket, according to police.
“Incidents such as this are a reminder of how diligent parents must be in safe guarding their children from online predators,” wrote an official with the sheriff's office.
Freeman remains in custody in Tennessee and is awaiting the extradition process.
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