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Raleigh firefighter faces Internet sex charge

Posted March 12, 2010 1:18 p.m. EST

— Guilford County authorities have charged a Raleigh firefighter with trying to solicit sex from an underage girl in an online chat room.

Richard Brandon Wells, 31, of 554 Howard Tant Road in Zebulon, was charged with solicitation of a minor by computer to commit an unlawful sex act and attempted indecent liberties with a minor. He was being held Friday in the Guilford County Jail under a $100,000 secured bond.

A deputy posing as a 14-year-old girl communicated online with a man for several months, and the man proposed meeting the deputy for sex, authorities said. The arrest was part of an ongoing investigation by the Piedmont Internet Crimes Against Children Taskforce.