Rodney Lynn Reese, 42, of Cowarts, is behind bars following a brief child solicitation investigation conducted by the Dothan Police Department. According to a statement from Dothan Police Sergeant Maurice Eggleston, Reese has been charged with felony electronic solicitation of a child and been taken to the Houston County Jail.
Investigators say on Tuesday March 6th Reese began communicating through a social media website, with a Dothan Police Officer whom he believed was a 14 year old female. During their conversations Reese said that he wanted to perform sexual acts with the 14 year old female and arranged to meet her locally in Dothan. Police took Reese into custody immediately after he arrived at the designated location where he expected to be meeting the girl.
Rodney Reese is currently being held on $75,000 bail.
As with most felonies, the range of punishment can include a deferred or suspended sentence, up to several years in prison. The long-term consequences can be more severe since online solicitation of a minor is considered a sexually related offense and defendants are often required to register as a sex offender. If a defendant fails to register, they can be charged with a new felony offense of failure to register as a sex offender.
If you or someone you know has been charged with child solicitation, it is important that you contact an experienced criminal defense attorney to handle your case. The attorneys of Parkman White, LLP are experienced in a variety of legal matters and have a history of success in the courtroom. Schedule a consultation today.