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Online app leads to sex charge

Clark County man accused of sexual relationship with a teen.


A Clark County man allegedly used a computer application tied to Facebook to meet a 13-year-old girl online and have sex with her.

Justin Huff, 19, pleaded not guilty to one count of unlawful sexual conduct with a minor in Clark County Municipal Court on Thursday. He was arrested by the sheriff’s office Wednesday after voluntarily coming in for questioning.

Huff allegedly met the girl through the “Meet Me” app on Facebook, which allows users to connect with others who live in the area, even if they are not on their “Friends” list on Facebook, said Detective Deb Strileckyj. The victim saw Huff’s profile through the app, which indicated he was 14. The two began talking online and agreed to meet at her home on Upper Valley Pike.

When Huff drove to the home, the teen realized he lied about his age. Huff allegedly admitted he was 18 years old, before the two agreed to drive out to an alley behind the Taco Bell on Upper Valley Pike and engage in sexual activity, Strileckyj said.

The relationship continued about two months, with multiple sexual encounters, Strileckyj said. The teen told an adult, who informed the girl’s guardian. The sheriff’s office was contacted, Strileckyj said.

The “Meet Me” app is a newer one that Strileckyj said she hasn’t dealt with before. However, she said the amount of crimes involving teens meeting adults over the Internet has increased in the seven years since she has been a detective. She said parents need to monitor their children’s activity when online and make sure they know everyone who is added as a “Friend” on social media.

“I think this will alert parents to the seriousness of their kids using Facebook,” she said. “Be vigilant.”

Huff is being held in the Clark County Jail on $10,000 bond.


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