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August 30, 2013

Enid man pleads guilty to soliciting minor on Facebook

ENID, Okla. — A 26-year-old Enid man pleaded guilty on two felony counts of soliciting a minor on the social networking site Facebook in June last year.

Alvin Leon Wood appeared Friday afternoon before District Judge Paul Woodward and entered the blind plea, meaning there was no prior agreement with prosecutors about sentencing.

Woodward asked Wood if he understood his rights and had gone over the plea forms with his attorney. Wood told the judge he did understand and that they had gone over the forms.

Wood was charged last year with two counts of soliciting sexual conduct or communication with a minor by use of technology. Both are punishable by up to 10 years imprisonment and/or a fine of up to $10,000.

When asked by the judge, Wood stated he pleaded guilty on both counts.

Woodward ordered a presentecing investigation be conducted before an Oct. 17 sentencing hearing. Wood has been free on $20,000 bond since Sept. 24, 2012.

According to an affidavit filed in the case, Enid Police Department Detective Tim Doyle received an investigation concerning an adult man making lewd or indecent proposals to a 14-year-old girl.

The man was identified as Wood, who had befriended a girl on Facebook and began private messaging with her. In early conversations, the girl told Wood she was 15 years old.

Conversations continued and Wood eventually told the teen he would like to hug and kiss her, according to the affidavit. Wood then explained it would be wrong for him to “talk about sex with her,” according to the affidavit.

However, Wood told the girl he wished she was old enough to have sex with him, according to the affidavit. Wood then sent a graphic description of sexual acts.

Wood went to Enid Police Department station July 20, 2012, for an interview with Doyle.

Wood admitted to having inappropriate conversations with the girl and said he was apologetic and embarrassed by the conversation that had taken place, according to the affidavit.

Doyle noted in the affidavit Wood was not able to provide a good reason for continuing his conversations with the girl when he learned she was 15.

Doyle reviewed records of Wood’s Facebook account and found he attempted to engage in conversation with the girl on June 16, 17 and 20 last year.

During at least one of those conversations, he attempted to convince her she should meet with him, according to the affidavit.

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