READING, OH (FOX19) - A Reading man is behind bars after his home was raided by federal agents this week.
Joshua Nolan Pennington, 26, was trying to meet a 12-year-old girl he lured online, Kenton County police said.
The FBI showed up at his home with a search warrant accusing him of sexual exploitation of a minor.
The FBI alerted Kenton County police to their investigation, one they said may involve a 12-year-old girl from the area.
Kenton County police have a unit that specializes in Internet Crimes Against Children.
The girl’s family also was notified, and an interview took place.
Authorities said the girl had been in contact with Pennington Nov. 21 through January.
They reportedly met through an app called Yubo.
The two also corresponded via SnapChat and Facebook messenger, authorities said.
Pennington, according to the FBI, told the girl he was 13 at first. Then, he told her he was 17. Finally, he admitted he was 26.
The girl exposed her private parts and sent pictures to the suspect, according to authorities.
An FBI agent wrote in the warrant that Pennington was arrested in Indiana for unlawful sexual contact with a juvenile.
“He is currently on bond from a case in Tippecanoe, Indiana,” the complaint states. “Pennington has been known to travel to two other locations to have unlawful sexual contact with minors.”
Pedophiles will sometimes have an obsession with children 12 years of age or younger, according to Dr. Ed Connor, a licensed psychologist who works with sex offenders.
“And the obsession can become so powerful that they feel they can’t control it," he said. “They will do almost anything go through great lengths to try and find a child who will engage in any type of sexual behavior that they desire."
It’s tough these days for parents to catch their child using these kinds of apps, said FOX19 NOW tech expert Dave Hatter.
“Unfortunately, there are bad people out there that are building apps and then hide it so it looks like a calculator or something," he said. “Even if you are a parent that is concerned about these things it can be hard to figure out that your kid is using it."
Pennington is held in the Hamilton County Jail on fugitive warrant.
He is scheduled to go to court Thursday.