Houser pleads not guilty to luring minor by computer
Andrew Houser pleaded not guilty to charges of luring minors by computer and indecent exposure.
Houser, 22, of Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, appeared before Judge Dann Greenwood in Stark County District Court on Monday to waive his right to a preliminary hearing.
He was charged with the crimes March 31.
The criminal complaint alleges Houser engaged in communicaton that "implicitly or explicitly discussed nudity, sexual acts, sexual content or other sexual performances" and used electronic means to "initiate or engage in such communication" with a minor, and using those same means "invited the person (he) believed to be a minor to engage in sexual acts or have sexual contact" with him.
According to the complaint, Houser requested that the person, under the age of 15, "have sexual intercourse with him and engage in other sexual acts with him."
Per the charge of indecent exposure, the complaint alleges Houser exposed his genitals to the minor via TextNow, knowing the person to be "a juvenile girl."
Luring minors is a Class B felony, and carries with it a maximum sentence of 10 years jail and/or $20,000 fine.
Indecent exposure is a Class A misdemeanor.
Houser's attorney, Mark C. Sherer, of Dickinson, informed Greenwood there was no objection to the information provided by the state and waived the reading of the information on behalf of Houser.
The case was bound over to be scheduled later for trial.