Man accused of soliciting girls online

An undercover Brown County sheriff’s deputy posing as a 13-year-old girl on Facebook collected enough evidence to charge a New Castle man with child solicitation.

Deputy Brian Shrader began a conversation with Joshua Waller, 21, on May 13. Within the first 10 minutes, Shrader asked how old Waller was and told him how old “she” was. Waller, 20, told the fictitious 13-year-old he still wanted to date her, according to a probable cause affidavit.

He asked also if he could take her virginity, the affidavit said.

Waller told the girl he lived in New Castle near the prison and that he was in prison a year ago for a probation violation. That case was not a sex crime, according to online court records.

He asked the “girl” for pictures, both “regular and naked.” Shrader, posing as the girl, told Waller she would have to think about it and ended the conversation.

The next day, Waller again asked for pictures from the girl, telling her he would hide them. Shrader tried to change the subject and Waller propositioned sex.

Waller also offered to send a picture of his genitals to the girl and again asked for both regular and nude pictures. He told her he kept some pictures other girls had sent him on a separate memory card. He also told the girl he had pictures of a couple of girls around “your age,” the affidavit said.

On May 15, Waller was arrested in a separate case in New Castle, for child molesting.

Shrader and Brown County Lt. Mike Moore interviewed Waller at the Henry County Jail on May 18. Waller told police he met the New Castle victim on Facebook.

After finding out the Brown County “girl’s” account was Shrader’s, Waller admitted to asking both girls to send him nude photos of themselves, to sending nude photos of himself to the New Castle victim and to wanting sex from both underage girls, the affidavit said.

On Nov. 2, Waller was charged in Brown County with attempted child solicitation, a Level 5 felony; dissemination of matter harmful to minors, a Level 6 felony; inappropriate communication with a child, a Class A misdemeanor; and attempted inappropriate communication with a child, a Class A misdemeanor.

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Suzannah Couch grew up in Brown County, reading the Brown County Democrat. A 2013 Franklin College graduate, she covers business, cops/courts, education and arts/entertainment.