Police arrest 4 men trying to solicit minors

Posted at 11:22 AM, May 27, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-27 11:22:57-04

Maryland State Police have arrested four men in four separate sexual solicitation incidents.

All four men are charged with the sexual solicitation of a law enforcement officer posing as a minor, police said. If convicted, they face up to ten years imprisonment and up to $25,000 in fines.

Police identified the four men as Alexander Christensen, 24, of the 4000 block of Holly Knoll Drive in Glen Arm, Rafael Constante, 28, of the 5000 block of Drawbridge Court in Frederick, Ryan Parham, 31, of the 10000 block of Swansfield Road in Columbia and Tracey Dove, 49, of the 1600 block of Elkwood Court in Annapolis.

On Tuesday, police conducted an operation involving the online sexual solicitation of minors, police said. During the operation, in two separate incidents, Christensen and Parham communicated online with an undercover officer posing as a minor and both men made statements expressing a desire to meet and engage in sexual activity, police said.

Both men were arrested that night without incident in Howard County, after they traveled to an undisclosed location for the encounter, police said.

Constante was arrested after traveling to an undisclosed location in Howard County without incident Wednesday and Dove was arrested without incident after traveling to an undisclosed location in St. Mary’s County on Thursday, police said.

Police said the investigation was carried about by the Maryland State Police Computer Crimes Unit and state troopers from the Field Operations Bureau, with assistance from Homeland Security.