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Man faces preliminary child molestation charges after undercover sting operation

RANDOLPH COUNTY, Ind. (WPTA21) — A Union City man faces preliminary charges after police say he met up with an undercover detective looking to have sex with an underage girl.

The arrest happened shortly after midnight. Police brought in 46-year-old Charles Eldridge of Union City in a successful sting operation.

Police say Eldridge had been talking to an undercover detective posed as a 13-year-old girl on social media, agreeing to meet up to have sex. Instead,  he was greeted by police officers who took him to the county jail for an interview.

At the jail, police say Eldridge admitted to having met up with a different 13-year-old child and engaged in sex acts on multiple occasions.

Eldridge was arrested on 2 preliminary counts of child molestation, a count of attempted child molestation and a count of child solicitation.

Jacob Burbrink

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