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story.lead_photo.caption Dillon Hodge

An Arkansan is in custody after an undercover operation revealed he tried to meet someone he believed to be a 14-year-old girl for sex after church, authorities said.

According to a statement from the state's First Judicial District Drug Task Force, Dillon Hodge, 24, of Wynne was messaging online with the individual. When he was told her age, he responded that "he could be whatever age she needed him to be," the statement reads.

Hodge then sent photos of his genitalia and repeatedly offered to perform sexual acts, telling her he wanted to meet up for sex, the agency wrote on Facebook.

He also sent a video showing him performing a sexual act and requested that recipient send "sexy pics" of herself, according to the task force.

Wynne police, along with special agents from the task force and Arkansas State Police troopers, arrested Hodge after he agreed to meet with the individual after a Wednesday night church event, authorities said.

He denied any wrongdoing but then told authorities he had sent sent sexually explicit messages and photos to someone he thought was 14, according to the task force.

Hodge is charged with Internet stalking of a child but will face additional drug charges due to authorities finding a glass methamphetamine pipe on his person during the arrest, the statement reads.

As of Thursday morning, he was being held at the Cross County jail on $150,000 bond, records show.

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  • RobertBolt
    March 8, 2018 at 10:24 a.m.

    What an idiot! Many youth pastors and priests sexually abuse children in the church where they are more likely to be ignored as men of god.

  • GOHOGS19
    March 8, 2018 at 1:45 p.m.

    nowhere in the article does it say this man was a pastor.....

  • DEE672
    March 8, 2018 at 1:47 p.m.

    Boltar , the religious ones are the worst. I sometimes wonder if they go into religious roles to get near young people who are easily duped by those pretending to be holy.

  • MaxCady
    March 8, 2018 at 3:49 p.m.

    What a fine christian man.

  • OldGuard
    March 8, 2018 at 4:15 p.m.

    If he identified as a 14 year old, what is the problem? At the very least, he should be charged as a minor.

  • Toenails
    March 8, 2018 at 4:37 p.m.

    Pedophiles hang out where kids are--church, skating rink, etc. They also often gravitate toward jobs which will put them in proximity to young children

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