The Benton County Sheriff’s Office arrested 39-year-old Shane Altheide on multiple charges.
Deputies say he was “sexting” with a girl under the age of 16 and tried to meet her for sex.
The Sheriff’s Office says the arrest serves as a good reminder for parents to always know what their kids are doing and who they are communicating with.
“That’s one thing that we always encourage: is parents to be aware of what their children are doing online, with their phones, with their Facebook, and with social media contacts,” said Captain Greg Ridler with BCSO.
Ridler says one of the girl’s parents intervened in the case. Altheide was arrested on charges of the online sexual corruption of a child in the first degree, luring a minor among other charges.
“It’s good to be involved, and in this case, the parent was involved and it did prevent a tragedy I believe,” he said. “And it could have led to something much worse.”
Altheide is at the Benton County Jail with his bail set at $375,000.