HANOVER, Md. — On Monday, Maryland State Police arrested a man on charges because he solicited sex from an undercover trooper who was posing as a child over the Internet in Anne Arundel County.
According to a preliminary investigation, on Thursday, a trooper with the Maryland State Police Computer Crimes Unit was monitoring an online dating application while posing as a 14-year-old boy when 42-year-old Catalino Lopez Cordova initiated an online conversation with the goal of soliciting a sexual encounter with the boy.
Cordova suggested meeting with whom he thought was the minor that day in Hanover. When he arrived at that location, which was at about 5:20 p.m., Maryland State Police and Anne Arundel County Police arrested him at the scene.
Cordova is being charged with one count of sexual solicitation of a minor. He was transported to the Anne Arundel County Detention Center where he is being held without bond.