DA: Biglerville man tried to solicit teen for sex

Mason D. Powell (2015 photo from Adams County Prison)

GETTYSBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – An Adams County man is facing allegations he tried to arrange a sexual encounter with a 13-year-old on Facebook.

Mason D. Powell, 27, of Biglerville, tried to engage in various sex acts during Facebook conversations between July and October, and he used Facebook Messenger to send nude photos of himself to the teen, District Attorney Shawn Wagner said.

Investigators posed as the 13-year-old, made arrangements to meet Powell, and arrested him Saturday.

Suspected child pornography was found on his cell phone, and authorities believe Powell solicited other minors and engaged in sex acts with them, Wagner said. The investigation is ongoing and additional charges are expected.

Powell is facing charges that include unlawful contact with a minor, child pornography, and criminal use of a communication facility. He was placed in Adams County Prison on $100,000 bail.

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