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Cary Man Faces Internet Child-Sex Charge in Asheville

Posted January 6, 2008 5:29 p.m. EST
Updated January 6, 2008 5:31 p.m. EST

— Buncombe County authorities Sunday were holding a Cary man on a $60,000 bond after charging him with trying to solicit sex with someone he thought was child in an Internet chatroom.

Kim Sunsik Kelly, 36, thought he was exchanging information over the Internet with a minor when he actually was in contact with an undercover Buncombe County investigator, authorities said.

They charged Kelly drove to Asheville in hopes of having a sexual encounter with a child. They arrested him Friday.

The Buncombe investigator with whom Kelly made contact is part of a statewide task force that tries to catch Internet violators, officials said.

Kelly's address was listed as 306 Rutherglen Drive.

Kelly was charge with a felony under a 1995 law called "solicitation of child by computer to commit an unlawful sex act," the Buncombe sheriff's office said. The statute says a person over 16 is guilty is of the crime if it's shown that he or she "entices, advises, coerces, orders, or commands" someone the violator believes is under 16 and at least three years younger than the violator.