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UPDATE: Davisville man faces federal charges involving minor

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Published: Sep. 24, 2020 at 2:08 PM EDT|Updated: Dec. 2, 2020 at 12:46 PM EST
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UPDATE: 12/2/20 12:45 P.M.

WHEELING, W.Va. (WTAP) - A federal grand jury has indicted a Wood County man accused in September of traveling to Harrison County to have sex with a 15-year-old girl.

Steven Lockhart, 56, of Davisville, is charged with one count of attempted coercion and enticement of a minor and one count of “attempted transfer of obscene materials to a minor.”

The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Wheeling said Lockhart allegedly used his phone to entice the girl to to engage in sexual activity in April and send her obscene material.

If convicted, Lockhart, who is on the West Virginia State Police sex-offender registry, faces 10 years to life in prison and a fine of up to $250,000 for the coercion count and up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine for the obscene-material count.

Lockhart was arrested by Bridgeport police. He remains in the North Central Regional Jail.

BRIDGEPORT, W.Va. (WTAP) - A Wood County man has been charged after allegedly traveling to Harrison County to have sex with someone he thought was a 15-year-old girl.

According to a criminal complaint in Harrison County Magistrate Court, Steven Lockhart, 56, of Davisville, arranged to meet the girl in April in Bridgeport after making contact with her on social media and exchanging text messages with her.

The complaint said the conversations were sexual in nature and that Lockhart also sent her explicit photos of himself.

Lockhart acknowledged that he knew the girl was 15, the complaint said.

Lockhart is already on the West Virginia State Police sex-offender registry. He was convicted in Ohio in April 2012 on a charge of attempted unlawful sexual conduct with a minor and served an 18-month sentence. He also was placed on supervised probation for three years.

Lockhart was booked into the North Central Regional Jail on Wednesday. He is being held on a $5,000 bond, according to the jail’s website.

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