Independence Man Faces Prison Time for Attempting to Meet Teen for Sex

An Independence man pleaded guilty earlier this month to attempting to lure a minor to meet him for sex.

Taeylor L. Enzweiler pleaded guilty on January 9 to one count of unlawful use of an electronic device to procure a minor for sexual offenses.

Enzweiler, of Independence, faces one to five years in prison when he is sentenced on March 13 by Kenton Circuit Judge Gregory Bartlett. A news release from the Kenton County Commonwealth's Attorney's Office indicated that the office was unwilling to make a plea offer in the case.

Enzweiler was arrested in May after arrived at a predetermined location to meet a 14-year old boy for sex. That boy turned out to be a Kenton County Police detective who had been working undercover.

According to police, Enzweiler contacted the detective, who was posing as the boy, on a mobile app, sending a selfie. Within one minute of the detective responding to Enzweiler, police said, the defendant sent a photo of his genitals to someone that he thought was 14 years old.

Though the detective made multiple statements that this persona was only 14, Enzweiler continued to pursue a meeting for sex, police said.

Following his arrest, Enzweiler admitted to his intentions and wrote an apology letter to the child's guardian.

"We're ready to see what kind of prison sentence a jury thinks is appropriate, so we're not making offers to online predators anymore," said Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney Emily Arnzen. "Detective (Brian) Jones and the Kenton County Police put together excellent cases against online criminals."

In a news release, Arnzen noted that, so far, defendants in on-line child predator and child pornography cases have decided to take their chances with a judge rather than a jury. "These crimes are offensive on their face," said Arnzen. "But when you start reading what these defendants actually say to children, it's absolutely appalling!"

-Staff report