Randolph County sting operation catches man trying to have sex with 13-year-old

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Charles Andrew Eldridge

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UPDATE (Dec. 19, 2019)– Charles Eldridge pleaded guilty to attempted child molest and two counts of child molest. He was sentenced to 30 years, 25 of which will be spent in the Indiana Department of Correction. The remaining five years were suspended.

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UNION CITY, Ind. — A Union City man was arrested early Tuesday morning after an undercover sting caught him trying to have sex with a minor.

The Randolph County Sheriff’s Department says an undercover detective posing as a 13-year-old began talking to 46-year-old Charles Eldridge on social media. They eventually agreed to meet up to have sex at a location in Union City, but instead, several officers met and arrested him.

They say they took him to the Randolph County Jail to question him, and he told them he had done sexual acts with another minor younger than 13 on multiple occasions.

Eldridge has been charged with two counts of child molestation, one count of attempted child molestation, and one count of child solicitation.

“This case shows a great example of why our investigators engage in this type of proactive policing.  By conducting this online sting operation, our investigators were able to uncover an unreported molestation case that had already occurred,” Randolph County Sheriff’s Department Captain Tom Pullins said.

Eldridge is being held without bond before his initial court appearance.

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