Child sex arrest made in England
by Wes Mayer
With the help of a local investigation by the Coweta County Sheriff’s Office, a man from West Yorkshire, England, was taken into custody this week in relation to a case of sexual exploitation of a child.
On May 1, the parents of the 15-year-old victim notified the Coweta County Sheriff’s Office that their son was contacted via Twitter by a man from England, Steven Slater, 46, said Lt. Col. Jimmy Yarbrough with the sheriff’s office. The man, the parents told authorities, sent their son nude photos, which he saw on his iPod.
According to Yarbrough, Sgt. Jason Fetner, who led the investigation, was able to locate Slater through his profile on Twitter and found he lived in West Yorkshire, England.
Fetner was able to contact authorities near Slater’s home in Dewsbury, and an investigation was also performed on Slater’s residence by English authorities.
During this investigation, incriminating evidence was found in Slater’s possession, and he was charged with cause to incite a boy between the ages of 13 to 15 to engage in sexual activity, Yarbrough said. Around 4:20 p.m. Tuesday, Slater was taken into custody by authorities with the Huddersfield Police Station.
“This is the first arrest by our agency of a suspect in another country for sexual exploitation of children over the Internet,” Yarbrough said.
Yarbrough said Slater has confessed to the charges, and he will be tried in England.