An investigation by the Sallisaw Police Department of a male subject who had been reported as trying to meet up with a juvenile female has led to the arrest of a 34 year old Sallisaw man.
A mother and daughter reported that the daughter, who was fourteen (14) years old, had received Facebook messages from a male who stated he was 34 years old. The daughter told the mother of this contact and the police were notified.
The male subject, who identified himself as James Welch in the messages, was attempting to talk to the juvenile, who had identified herself as 14, into meeting him near his house. The report was turned over to detectives and they began working to identify the male subject.
Detectives were able to reach out to Welch on Facebook while posing as a 15-year old female. After a brief conversation with Welch, he began trying to meet the female. Welch then sent a nude photo of himself. A meeting was arranged with Welch and he was ultimately taken into custody. Welch was then identified as Jason Harjo, who was using a fake Facebook account under the name of James Welch.
Harjo was charged with facilitating sexual conduct with a minor and lewd or indecent proposal to a child. Investigators believe that Harjo, or Welch, has tried to meet other juveniles in the past and are currently working to identify if there are any more victims. If you have any information, contact the Sallisaw Police Department at 918-775-4177.
Pam Cloud, Managing News Director
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