PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – The Attorney General’s Office announced the arrest of two child predators Thursday.
According to a statement, both of the men were arrested as part of an undercover operation by the Attorney General’s Child Predator Section.
Jeffrey Marks, 67, of Washington, was arrested on Tuesday. The arrest was made after agents posing as a 14-year-old girl responded to an online advertisement.
In an online discussion, Marks allegedly quickly began discussing sexual acts he would like to perform with the “girl.”
A meeting place was established, where Marks was taken into custody.
Marks is facing a list of charges including, “two counts of unlawful contact with a minor, one count of criminal attempt to commit involuntary deviate sexual intercourse with a child, one count of criminal attempt to commit indecent assault on a person less than 16 years of age and one count of criminal use of a communication facility.”
Brian Zimmer, 37, of West Homestead, was arrested on Wednesday.
Officers responded to a sexually explicit ad online, which is believed to have been posted by Zimmer.
At that point, Zimmer asked the “girl” for photos. The conversation quickly turned sexual and Zimmer provided his cell phone number for texting purposes.
Zimmer eventually traveled to predetermined location in McKeesport to meet the “girl” and was arrested.
He is now facing a list of charges including, “two counts of unlawful contact with a minor, two counts of criminal attempt to commit indecent assault and one count of criminal use of a communication facility.”
Both men are being held in the Allegheny County Jail and are scheduled to have preliminary hearings on June 2.