Court docs: Indiana man used smartphone messaging app to prey on children

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Lance Kyer

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Jan. 22, 2016) – An Indianapolis man is accused of using a smartphone app to prey on children.

According to court documents, Lance Kyer, 30, faces federal charges in connection with the case. He’s accused of trying to solicit a 10-year-old boy for sex and traveling from Indiana to Ohio to meet with a different boy he’d encountered online with the intent to engage in sex acts. Court documents also said Kyer exchanged nude pictures with the second boy.

The investigation started on Jan. 14 after a mother filed a police report with the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department. She said a 30-year-old man identifying himself as Kyer contacted her son through the mobile messaging app “Kik.”

The boy’s mother said her son had an exchange with Kyer that included sexual content. He asked if the boy was bisexual and wondered if they could meet. The mother gave investigators control of the boy’s Kik account; they exchanged more messages with Kyer posing as the boy, court documents said.

During the Kik exchange, the investigator maintained he was 10 years old and asked Kyer to confirm his age. Kyer said he was 30 years old. Kyer then asked when they could meet; the investigator asked Kyer what they would do if they did meet up. Kyer responded that “we can watch movies (and) maybe fool around if you like,” according to court documents.

The conversation delved into more explicit territory, as Kyer described in more detail what they would do. They eventually agreed to meet at a south side Marathon gas station at the intersection of Keystone and Troy.

When the investigators arrived to meet Kyer and identified himself as the police, Kyer responded, “I’m not him!” and tried to get away. He was quickly taken into custody.

Kyer admitted to police that he’d contacted the boy in hopes of meeting him for sex, court documents said. During the subsequent interview, Kyer said he’d traveled to Ohio to see a 13-year-old boy he’d met online. They’d traded explicit photos and had sexual contact, according to court documents.

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