A Charlotte man was arrested in Haywood County after allegedly trying meet a child to engage in sexual acts.

William Ray Hartsell, 27, was arrested on Sept. 23, by the Haywood County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigative Division.

According to the corresponding indictment, Hartsell thought he was meeting a 13-year-old girl at the Lowe’s in Waynesville.

His arrest came several weeks after an online investigation to identify child predators. Detectives arranged a meeting inside Haywood County where Hartsell was taken into custody without incident.

The Haywood County Sheriff’s Office charged Hartsell with solicitation of a minor by computer. Hartsell was placed in the Haywood County Detention Center under a $50,000 secured bond.

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