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Suspect intending to meet teen for sex arrested in Kenton County

Timothy Mitchell
Posted at 2:47 PM, Mar 13, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-13 14:47:27-04

INDEPENDENCE, Ky. — Investigators in Kenton County arrested a Cincinnati man accused of communicating with a teenager online about sex acts and his desire to meet with the teen, said Sgt. Chris Haddle. The teen, however, was a detective.

Timothy Mitchell, 60, was arrested Tuesday as part of an Internet Crimes Against Children investigation that began March 5.

A detective using a teenage persona began having online conversations with Mitchell on several occasions. Information from a website led to the detective’s communication with Mitchell. Haddle said the man acknowledged that he was communicating with a minor.

Mitchell traveled to Kenton County Tuesday to meet with the teen, police said. He was charged with prohibited use of an electronic communications system to procure a minor/peace officer, and is being held in the Kenton County Detention Center.

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The Kenton County Police Department is investigating whether Mitchell has communicated with other potential victims. Anyone with information is asked to call 859-392-1952.

Any parents, schools or group leaders interested in learning how to keep children and teens safe on the internet are encouraged to call Sgt. Gary Helton at 859-392-1953 for more information.