Cyber crimes task force arrests sex offender

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

A Pierce City man was arrested on Saturday for allegedly trying to entice a young boy for a sexual encounter.

William Fred Rohe, 54, a convicted sex offender, was arrested at the Pierce City Park after he made arrangements online to meet a young boy.

Agents from the Southwest Missouri Cyber Crimes Task Force, which includes the Cassville Police Department and Barry County Sheriff's Department, and Pierce City Police Department participated in the surveillance and arrest.

Law enforcement officials from Pierce City notified the Southwest Missouri Cyber Crimes Task Force of an individual enticing young boys online. During the investigation, Jasper County Sheriff's Detective Ed Bailey, a task force agent, made contact with Rohe through a social networking website at the request of another agent. Rohe initiated a chat session, which led to the meeting at the park. Rohe was arrested when he arrived at the designated site in the park.

Rohe was booked into the Lawrence County Jail on an investigative hold for one count of enticement of a child, an unclassified felony. A warrant was later issued for one count of enticement of a child. Bond has been set at $75,000.

A search warrant was also served on his residence in Pierce City following Rohe's arrest. Law enforcement officials seized several computers and other evidence.

Additional charges are pending, and the investigation is ongoing.

Law enforcement officials are asking anyone having information on Rohe or any child with whom he may have had contact to call the Pierce City Police Department (476-2323), the Cassville Police Department (847-4700), the Barry County Sheriff's Office (847-6556), or Bailey at the Jasper County Sheriff's Department (625-4331).

Rohe is a prior sex offender who has not registered in Missouri.

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