Westmoreland County man arrested in child predator sting

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A Westmoreland County man, dubbed a "traveling child predator" by authorities, was arrested Wednesday after making plans to meet and have sex with a girl he presumed to be 14 years old.

Attorney General Kathleen Kane announced today that Matthew Chowan, 24, was arrested and charged with two counts of unlawful contact with a minor, two counts of criminal attempt, and one count of criminal use of a communication facility. He is currently held in the Allegheny County Jail on $50,000 bail.

Agents, posing as a 14-year-old girl, responded to an online advertisement in which Mr. Chowan was reportedly soliciting sex. Authorities said he arranged to meet the teen at an undisclosed location in Allegheny County.

Mr. Chowan's case will be prosecuted in Allegheny County by Deputy Attorney General Anthony Marmo of the Office of Attorney General's Child Predator Section.

First Published July 17, 2014 12:00 AM


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