The Attorney General’s Office the state of Pennsylvania announced this week they had arrested three men after allegedly setting up a plan to meet an undercover officer who was posing as a 14-year-old boy for sex.
Timothy M. Myers, 32, of Latrobe, told the undercover officer after he was arrested that he was a youth Pastor. The Attorney General’s office is still investigating Myers' background to confirm if he has ties to any local churches and notify the parents or children if there are any other potential victims.
Myers does seem to have volunteered at his church and was preparing to travel to Peru in late July to conduct a Bible School for children,according to an online fundraising page he set up to pay for his trip.
On another Facebook page Myers can be seen dressed in a sumo wrestler costume participating in a Westmoreland County youth event dated back in 2009.
The alleged Church where Myers’ volunteered however says that Myers was not on the staff of the church and served only as a volunteer. The pastor went on to say that fortunately Myers was never left alone with children.
Local television stations however have reported publicly that Myers taught a Bible study seminar within the last month. Those reports remain unconfirmed.
According to the Attorney General’s office Myers was taken into custody Wednesday after soliciting sex from an undercover agent posing as a 14-year-old boy on a popular social networking platform.
Once the undercover officer made it clear he was a minor child to bait Myers into a major crime by acknowledging he understood those details, Myers allegedly propositioned him and arranged to meet the person he thought was a teenager.
Upon arrival to the agreed upon meeting location Myers was shocked to realize he was indeed set up by police where he was immediately arrested. k
The second suspect in the case, Brian Zupancic, 27, of Jeannette, was arrested Tuesday.
Police say Zupanic used the internet also to set up a meeting with another undercover agent posing as a minor. After the agent announced he was a 14-year old child, Zupancic solicited the would be child for sex and determined a meeting location.
Zupancic told the person he thought was a minor child to look for him in a grey Kia. The Child Predator Section of the local police was waiting and took Zupancic into custody after he arrived at the meeting location in the Kia.
In the third case, Harold Enriquez, 33, of Greensburg, was arrested Tuesday for also planning to meet a minor child for sexual relations on the internet.
The agent posing as a child also confirmed Enriquez understood he was a minor before Enriquez allegedly solicited the officer for nude photographs, propositioned him, and arranged to meet. Once Enriquez drove to the predetermined meeting zone he was arrested upon arrival.
All of the three defendants were charged with unlawful contact with minors and attempts to commit involuntary deviant sexual intercourse, all major felonies. Bail is now set at $50,000 cash for Myers and Zupancic and set at $15,000 cash for Enriquez.
Police urge the public who may have more information about Myers, Zupancic, or Enriquez to call the Child Predator Hotline at 1-800-385-1044.