Man arrested for allegedly having inappropriate relationship with 15yo via computer

Mercer County
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MERCER COUNTY, WV (WVNS) — A man from Mercer County is accused of having an inappropriate relationship through a computer with a 15-year-old girl. 

Prosecuting Attorney George Sitler said on December 24, 2018, Detective-Sergeant S. A. Sommers received a tip from the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children stating Matney was talking inappropriately to a young girl in Indiana. 

Detective Sommers said the two talked through Facebook messenger from November 2, 2018 to November 5, 2018. Matney allegedly requested inappropriate pictures and suggested sexual encounters. 

Ronnie Ray Matney is charged with Soliciting a Minor via Computer, which carries a possible 2 to 10 year sentence in prison, and Use of Obscene Matter with Intent to Seduce a Minor, which carries up to 5 years. He is Southern Regional Jail on a $20,000 bond.

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