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Bedford man pleads guilty to soliciting sex from minor

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By Tom Wilmoth

A Bedford man entered no contest pleas Friday in Bedford County Circuit Court to charges that he solicited sex from a minor he believed to be a 13-year-old girl.

Ryan A Overstreet, 28, entered his pleas which carry the same effect as a guilty plea. At the request of his lawyer, adjudication of the pleas and sentencing were delayed until a pre-sentence report is completed.

Overstreet faces two felony charges: using a computer to solicit sex from a minor and attempted indecent liberties with a minor. The charges stem from online chats he had with an undercover investigator with the Bedford County Sheriff's Office. According to Chief Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney Wes Nance, Overstreet solicited the officer, who he thought to be a 13-year-old minor, on the computer and then traveled to meet her at an undisclosed location. Nance said the chats between the officer and Overstreet began in January 2007 and culminated in his arrest in April.

During those chats Nance said Overstreet made statements to the undercover officer that she would not get pregnant. Nance said when he arrived at the location to meet the girl, and was approached by officers, he at first denied he was there to meet a female. Nance said he later admitted to being there to meet a 13-year-old girl.

Overstreet has already undergone a sex offender evaluation and is in counseling, Nance said. He is scheduled to appear back in circuit court for adjudication and sentencing on May 8. He continues to remain out on $10,000 unsecured bond. As part of that, he is not to have unsupervised contact with minors under the age of 15.