PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — A Fayette County man accused of soliciting sex from a teenage boy he met through a smartphone app is headed to trial.
Jeremy Burnworth of Uniontown appeared in court Thursday. He’s accused of soliciting sex from a minor he met online.
During the preliminary hearing, Burnworth was held trial.
Reserve Township Police say it was one wrong turn that led to Burnworth’s arrest.
Officers pulled him over after he went the wrong way on Mount Troy Road.
The officers say they noticed a 15-year-old passenger and that both Burnworth and the teen appeared nervous. When officers began questioning the passenger, they say he lied about his age.
Investigators say he then admitted he met Burnworth on Grindr, an all-male social network, and that he left his Reserve Township home allegedly with the intent of having sex with Burnworth.
“Parents need to be parents, and they got to know what their juvenile children are doing online, on their phones,” said Chief Fred Boory, of Reserve Township Police.
According to the criminal complaint, Burnworth allegedly confessed to having sex with several others he met on Grindr, and had been fooled once before by a juvenile claiming to be an adult.