CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A Martinsburg man thought he was going to meet an 11-year-old girl with whom he had been trading sexually explicit text messages but instead met with State Police, authorities said.
Wade Eugene Decker, 25, of Berkeley Station Road, was arrested Tuesday about 100 yards from Lambert Park Pool in Martinsburg.
The investigation began about two weeks ago when Sgt. D.E. Boober, a Crimes Against Children officer at the Martinsburg detachment, received a call from Detective Sal Zanghi of New Bern, N.C.
Zanghi told Boober Decker solicited sex via text message from an 11-year-old Berkeley County girl visiting family in New Bern. The girl's aunt brought her phone to Zanghi and told him that an adult man had texted he wanted to "mess around" even though he knew her age, according to a criminal complaint.
Zanghi told Boober he pretended to be the little girl and continued to text Decker. He said it was "very obvious" from those conversations Decker wanted to have sex with the girl.
Decker asked specific questions like "if we had sex would we use condoms or go without" and "if we had sex would u keep it between us and not tell anyone," according to the complaint.
Zanghi said Decker had repeatedly asked for nude pictures and e-mailed a photo of his genitals.
Troopers in Martinsburg are familiar with Decker and his older brother, Joshua Decker, a convicted sex offender, according to the complaint. Joshua Decker served 90 days in prison in 2004 after he was convicted of third-degree sexual assault on a teenaged family friend, according to the State Police Sex Offender Registry.
On Monday, investigators agreed to see if Decker would meet with the girl somewhere in Berkeley County. Boober sent Decker a photo of a fully clothed adult woman from the neck down. He responded with a picture of his face, asking "what u think," the complaint said.