JC man faces out-of-state child porn charges

A Jefferson City man is facing out-of-state child porn charges.

On Monday the Cole County Sheriff’s Department arrested Mark Ruediger, 49, 3839 Del Ray Street, on Internet child solicitation charges out of Indiana.

This arrest stems from a joint endeavor between the Boone County Sheriff’s Department Cyber Crimes Task Force, the Cole County Sheriff’s Department, and the Connersville, Indiana Police Department.

In May, Ruediger, who is a long distance truck driver, is believed to have began conversing through the Internet and cell phone text messaging with a person he believed to be a 13 year old Indiana girl, but was actually an undercover Indiana police detective.

Over the next few months Ruediger engaged the girl in explicit sexual conversations and encouraged the girl to meet him while he was traveling through her area, for the purpose of engaging in sexual conduct. During this period, Ruediger also sent the girl sexually graphic photographs of himself on at least two occasions.

In September, Indiana authorities contacted the Boone County Sheriff’s Department Cyber Crimes Task Force and in November, they forwarded an arrest warrant to the task force who, working with the Cole County Sheriff’s Department, began looking for Ruediger.

As a part of this arrest a cellular telephone and computer were seized.

Ruediger is not anticipated to be facing charges in Missouri.

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