A proactive child exploitation investigation by the South-Central Computer Crimes Task Force has led to the arrest of a 29-year-old Rolla man who faces one felony count of child enticement.
Police arrested Wesley Ryan Settles, of Rolla, Tuesday, after authorities said he contacted a detective with the computer crimes task force, who was impersonating a 14-year-old online, on Dec. 17, and maintained communication after he was directly informed on two occasions that the person he was communicating with was 14.
Law enforcement said that during the course of the investigation, Settles set the tone and pace of the conversation, and on Monday said he wanted to “hang out,” “make out,” and have sexual intercourse with the 14-year-old persona if they consented.
Settles asked the 14-year-old numerous times to meet Monday night, or sometime soon, and suggested the 14-year-old “sneak out” from their residence, the affidavit of probable cause issued Tuesday for Settles arrest states.
Settles was persistent in the time, method and place to meet, and had designated a park within Rolla’s city limits as a meeting location, the probable cause states.
When Settles arrived at the park on Tuesday he was contacted by law enforcement and immediately interviewed. The probable cause states that post Miranda advisement, Settles told law enforcement he arrived at the park to meet a person he met online who was 14 years old.
Settles said he had a conversation with the persona about sex and he would have sexual intercourse with the persona, but only if they had consented, the probable cause states.
Settles was arrested on Tuesday on one felony count of enticement of a child.
Settles’ bond has been set at $150,000. He has an arraignment scheduled on Jan. 7, according to court documents.