Police say man tried to solicit teen for sex

A Latham man was arrested on Friday after police say he attempted to solicit someone whom he thought
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A Latham man was arrested on Friday after police say he attempted to solicit someone whom he thought was a 13-year-old girl on the Internet.

Loudonville Police and the State Police Computer Crimes Unit had been conversing online with 49-year-old Joseph P. Lansing. Lansing allegedly tried to set up a meeting with the girl to engage in sexual conduct with her. Lansing was to meet with the girl at a restaurant on Holland Avenue in Albany Friday morning, but was met instead by State Police investigators, they said.

Lansing was arrested and charged with attempted dissemination of indecent material to a minor and attempted endangering the welfare of a child.

He was arraigned and sent to the Albany County Jail in lieu of $10,000 bail. He is scheduled to return to court on Wednesday.

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