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Kentucky man charged in online sting

January 21, 2019 GMT

HUNTINGTON — A Kentucky man was charged last week after traveling over state lines to sexually assault a 14-year-old Huntington girl who was actually a law enforcement officer.

Charles Wayne Logan, 38, of Grayson, Kentucky, was charged Jan. 15 in a Huntington federal court with knowingly traveling in interstate commerce for the purpose of engaging in illicit sexual conduct with another person.

According to an affidavit filed by Antonio Ortega, a special agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, an undercover officer joined a social media application called SKOUT, which allows users to locate other nearby users with whom they can communicate and later meet, as part of an ongoing investigation. While on the application on Jan. 10, the officer, while posing as a 14-year-old girl from Huntington, was allegedly contacted by Logan.

As the two conversed, the conversations became sexual before Logan requested to video chat with the officer. Logan allegedly sent a video to the officer of himself masturbating. Eventually, Logan allegedly requested to meet the girl.

Logan allegedly told the girl he wanted to be her first sexual partner, although he was old enough to be her dad. He offered to have the sex in his truck, which he said had a nice bed in it.

The pair decided to meet Jan. 14 at a Huntington gas station, with Logan traveling from Indiana to Huntington to meet the girl. Officers surveying the scene witnessed Logan arrive at the parking lot and attempt to locate the girl before they placed him under arrest.

Wayne was booked at Western Regional Jail in Barboursville. He has no bond, but a preliminary hearing has been set in his case for Jan. 22.

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