Springfield man arrested, facing charge of indecent solicitation of a minor

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DECATUR - The Decatur Police Department has arrested a Springfield man for allegedly attempting to solicit a minor for the purpose of engaging in sexual activity.

Decatur police say Evan Grider, 25, was arrested on November 12 in the 700 block of West Decatur Street.  According to police sworn statements, a detective with the Decatur Police Department was conducting an authorized undercover investigation into individuals who were attempting to solicit minors when he came across an ad on a classified advertisements website.

Decatur police say the detective responded to the ad, stating that he was a minor.  Police also say the conversation allegedly continued through email, and eventually transferred to text messages.  Authorities say Grider allegedly messaged that he would drive from Springfield to Decatur to pick up the minor.  Upon arriving in Decatur, police say Grider was arrested.

Grider currently faces a preliminary charge of indecent solicitation of a minor.  We will provide more information as it becomes available.

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