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Manchester man facing sex charges involving 12-year-old girl

Posted on Thursday, December 13, 2012 at 1:37 pm

By Wayne Thomas, Staff Writer

A 19-year-old Manchester man is facing sex charges involving 12-year-old girl, according to police reports.

Robert Lee Conner of Hillsboro Boulevard, Manchester, was arrested and charged with solicitation of rape of a child and sexual exploitation of a minor. His bond has been set at $200,000.

Robert Lee Conner

Conner was arrested after a Manchester woman reported to Manchester Police Department investigator Stuart Colwell that the man had been sending sexually oriented text messages to her 12-year-old daughter.

The report alleges that the two met at a game room in Manchester. After the girl provided her cell phone number to Conner, he allegedly began to send the sexually oriented comments to the girl, according to the police report.

According to the police report, he also allegedly sent pictures of his genitals to the girl and asked for nude pictures of the girl, which she complied with. He allegedly told the girl that he wanted to have sex with her.

After Colwell began his investigation into the allegations, he learned that Conner was possibly in the Dayton, Ohio, area, so he notified authorities there that Conner was wanted in Franklin County for violation of probation. Ohio authorities located the man and held him for Tennessee authorities.

After he was booked into the Franklin County Jail, Colwell and Investigator Jackie Matheny traveled there and read Conner the warrants on the sex charges.

Conner has a $200,000 bond on the charges.

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