Grandpa ar­rested af­ter In­ter­net sting

Alabama man has no crim­i­nal his­tory

The Covington News - - Front Page - By Am­ber Pittman

A 56-year-old grand­fa­ther was ar­rested late Mon­day morn­ing af­ter he re­port­edly ar­rived at a ren­dezvous point where he thought he was meet­ing a 13-year-old girl he had met on­line.

Ac­cord­ing

to New­ton County Sher­iff’s Depart­ment Lt. Bill Wat­ter­son, Ti­mothy Copeland Lunsford of Troy, Ala., had been speak­ing with an in­ves­ti­ga­tor he be­lieved was a 13year-old girl for ap­prox­i­mately one year on Ya­hoo mes­sen­ger. Dur­ing that time Lunsford al­legedly had ex­plicit con­ver­sa­tions and sent ex­plicit pho­to­graphs to an in­ves­ti­ga­tor pos­ing as the young girl.

A meet­ing was set up be­tween Lunsford and the “girl” in the park­ing lot of a re­tail store in the area, since Lunsford was al­legedly in the At­lanta area on busi­ness. In­ves­ti­ga­tors watched as Lunsford re­port­edly rode around the area, but nev- er stopped at the des­ig­nated spot. Ac­cord­ing to Wat­ter­son, af­ter driv­ing around the area Lunsford then ex­ited the park­ing lot and drove onto I-20.

Once on the in­ter­state Lunsford was pulled over and ar­rested without in­ci­dent and taken to the New­ton County De­ten­tion Cen­ter where he re­mains, as of press time, charged with elec­tronic fur­nish­ing of ob­scene ma­te­rial, com­puter pornog­ra­phy and sex­ual ex­ploita­tion of a child. Lunsford has no pre­vi­ous crim­i­nal his­tory.

LUNSFORD

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