Kansas man arrested in child solicitation sting, sheriff's office says
GREAT BEND, Kan. (KAKE) - Authorities in central Kansas have arrested a 24-year-old man who allegedly arranged to meet who he believed was a 15-year-old girl.
The Barton County Sheriff's Office said Dakota Payne was booked Wednesday for indecent solicitation of a child, attempted exploitation of a child and electronic solicitation of a child. He was held on $100,000 bond.
Sheriff Brian Bellendir said his office had been contacted by Motor City Justice regarding an attempt to solicit a child. The sheriff's office and county attorney's office determined the best course of action was to conduct a sting operation.
Detectives facilitated the sting at around 5:30 p.m. Wednesday near 24th and Washington in Great Bend.
"The suspect arrived at the scene believing he was meeting a juvenile female," the sheriff's office said. "Shortly thereafter, the suspect was arrested and taken into custody without incident."
MotorCity Justice posted video of Payne's arrest on Facebook, saying that Payne believed he was meeting a 15-year-old girl.
"On behalf of MCJ, we would really like to thank the Barton County Sheriff's Office for teaming up with us and putting one more predator behind bars," the post says. "We’re looking forward to working with you guys again soon. Let’s get these sickos of the streets and keep our children safe."
Kansas Department of Corrections records show Payne is on probation is Barton County for burglary and theft.