Police arrested an 18-year-old on exploitation charges after the parents of two girls accused him of enticing the children to have sexual activity with him, detectives said.
Anthony Aaron Langley is charged with two counts for alleged conversations with children who live in his neighborhood in the 20000 block of Sunshine Drive.
Investigators said they believe Langley approached the girls, ages 8 and 9, in the neighborhood one afternoon last week.
Langley made comments to them about meeting him for sexual activity, said Detective Alan Bond.
The girls did not actually meet with him for sexual activity, but Langley is charged under a section of law that applies to enticement to meet for sexual purposes, Bond said.
Bond said the parents contacted police on Thursday afternoon. Investigators arrested Langley on Friday.
“Parents in the neighborhood are resting easier, knowing he was arrested,” Bond said.
Langley remained in custody at the Harrison County jail on Monday.
Justice Court Judge Gene Dedeaux set bonds at $50,000.
A single count of exploitation of a child is punishable by two to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $50,000.