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Bath man charged with trying to meet 9-year-old girl for sex, having child porn

Federal attorneys arrested a man from Bath after investigators said he was caught with child pornography while trying to meet a 9-year-old child for sex.

William Read, 33, is accused of using an social media app to try to meet the child.

A criminal complaint filed in federal court shows Read sent messages over the app to an undercover officer who pretended to be a 35-year-old man with a 9-year-old niece. Read sent several messages to the officer, expressing interest in raping the child.

Federal attorneys said Read was traveling to meet the child for sex on Monday. When he was arrested, Read allegedly had condoms and candy.

Investigators also seized Read’s phone and found he possessed and distributed child pornography photos.

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