A Douglass Township, Montgomery County man will be in court next week on charges he propositioned a 13-year-old girl for sex.
The man, identified by police as Jason Torres, 36, of the 100 block of Wild Run Road, is scheduled for formal arraignment in front of Judge William T. Nicholas in Montgomery County Court March 14.
According to a criminal complaint filed by Det. Mary Anders of the Montgomery County Detectives, the parents of a 13-year-old area girl filed a report with Upper Perk police that Torres, a family acquaintance, was communicating with their daughter via Facebook.
On Sept. 29, 2011, Upper Perk police obtained copies of postings from Torres talking about the girl’s body and her age, authorities said.
In December Anders, who works on the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, took over the girl’s Facebook account and, on Jan. 12, she chatted with Torres. Authorities said Torres propositioned the girl for sex during the chat. Anders said a meet was set up for Jan. 20 at 11 a.m. at the E-Z Shoppe, 404 Main Street, East Greenville.
Court documents also stated that subsequent chats with Torres and the detective posing as the girl confirmed he wanted to meet the girl to engage in sex acts and that he could “get in trouble” if anyone found out.
Torres also reportedly showed the detective posing as the girl sexually explicit images of himself.
On Jan. 20 at approximately 11 a.m., when he went to meet the girl at the E.Z. Shoppe, Torres was arrested by county detectives.
Torres was charged with attempted: statutory sexual assault, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse and aggravated indecent assault; corruption of minors, unlawful contact with minors and related offenses in Red Hill District Court.
He had a preliminary arraignment Jan. 20 in front of District Justice Catherine Hummel-Fried in Red Hill. Bail was set at $150,000. According to court records, Torres is free after posting bail Jan. 23.