38-Year-Old Arrested After Trying to Meet Teenager at Columbus Park

COLUMBUS – A man was taken into custody, after police say he spoke with an officer online, thinking they were a 14-year-old girl.

Police say in an arrest affidavit that 38- year-old Sebastian Birke, of Missouri Valley, Iowa was speaking with an officer online, who was posing as a 14-year-old girl. Police alleged that Birke shared sexually explicit messages and photos with the officer he thought was a teenager, for over a year, eventually agreeing to meet the girl at a park in southern Columbus.

Police arrested Birke at the meet-up location on May 9th, says the affidavit.

Birke is due in Platte County Court on Thursday, and is facing a Class 1D felony for child enticement, says court records.


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