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MATTOON --  Police officers have arrested a Mattoon man on charges of indecent solicitation of a child and solicitation to meet a child.

A Mattoon Police Department press release reported that officers arrested Thomas C. Patton, 44, on these charges at 10:51 p.m. Friday in the 1300 block of Walnut Avenue. The charges allege that Patton was trolling Facebook in attempts to meet young boys. Patton is alleged to have met a teenage boy online and solicited the boy for physical relations.

Patton allegedly committed an act of furtherance when he asked the boy to meet him in a local park to engage in those relations. Patton then went to the park to meet the boy, only to find a police officer waiting to arrest him. Patton was taken to the Coles County jail.


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