SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — A former school custodian in Missouri has been accused of attempting to lure a 10-year-old girl into sexual contact by sending erotic anime and having explicit conversations online.

The Springfield News-Leader reports that 23-year-old Thomas Ciambor was charged Friday with felony enticement of a child. He’s pleaded not guilty and remains jailed in Springfield with a $50,000 bond.

Court records show the girl’s parents called police this summer after finding a series of messages on her smartphone. Documents show the messages began in April and continued into July.

Messages include sexually explicit photos, statements and suggestive anime, a form of animation that often has vibrant characters.

A Willard Public Schools official says Ciambor no longer works as a school custodian.

Ciambor has requested a public defense attorney. His next hearing is set for Nov. 20.

Information from: Springfield News-Leader, http://www.news-leader.com

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