BOONE — An Oregon man was arrested by Boone Police after he allegedly drove nearly 3,000 miles cross country to meet a minor at a Boone hotel for “sexual purposes.”
On Friday, Aug. 28, J.P. Thrower, 28, of Selma, Oregon was arrested and charged with felony attempted first-degree sexual exploitation of a minor, one count of felony soliciting of child by computer and one count of felony dissemination of obscenity.
According to the Boone Police Department, a detective with the Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force posed as a 14-year-old girl on a social media website. Thrower told the undercover detective he would be visiting family in the Boone area and requested to meet at a hotel in Boone.
Thrower was met at the hotel by Boone Police and a NC State Bureau of Investigation Computer Crimes Unit special agent and was arrested.
Thrower remains in the Watauga County Detention Center under a $150,000 secured bond. A court appearance is set for Sept. 17.
Hannah Myers can be reached at 336-846-7164 or on Twitter @cmedia_hmyers.