On Wednesday, December 18, 2019 at approx. 930 AM investigators and officers from the Sidney Police Department executed a search warrant at 722 East Ave, Sidney Ohio in regards to a Child Enticement Investigation. An investigation was initiated after the Sidney Police Department was contacted by ICAC (Internet Crimes Against Children) after ICAC had been informed of an Enticement incident involving a 13 year old girl and a 52 year old Sidney Ohio man. The investigation revealed that starting around August of 2019 thru September 2019 Sidney resident Steven W Knoop, of 722 East Ave, Sidney OH engaged in texting communication with a 13 year old Florida girl. During the course of these texting communications Knoop engaged in a pattern of “Grooming Communication”, sent nudity oriented pictures to her, and had discussed plans for Knoop to provide an airline ticket for the 13 year old girl to come to Sidney to live with him. Some of these messages were discovered by the girl’s parents who alerted ICAC.
Recovered during the search were computers, smart phone devices and marijuana. The computer and smart phone devices will be processed for analyzed for data relating to the Enticement Investigation. Steven Knoop was present at residence when the warrant was executed and was arrested and transported to the Shelby County Jail. He has been charged with one count of Disseminating Material Harmful to a Juvenile a felony of the 5th degree and one count of Drug Abuse a misdemeanor of the 1st degree. As the investigation continues other charges are very likely to be filed at a later date.
All citizens are asked that if they have any information about this incident to contact the Sidney Police Department at 937-498-2351 or Crime Stoppers at 937-492-8477 (TIPS).
Capt. J A Tangeman
Sidney P. D.