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Campbellsville man charged with soliciting minor on Facebook

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A Campbellsville man has been arrested and charged with soliciting who he believed to be a 15-year-old on Facebook for sex.

According to a Taylor County Sheriff's Office report, Brandon Swanson, 29, of 450 Greenbriar Drive, was arrested Monday, July 9, at 12:45 a.m.

The report states that Swanson was arrested after arriving at a pre-arranged location where he thought was meeting a minor he communicated with through Facebook for sex. The minor was actually a Taylor County Sheriff's deputy conducting an ongoing effort to combat Internet crimes against children.

Swanson was charged with attempted first-degree unlawful transaction with a minor and the unlawful use of electronic means to induce a minor or peace officer posing as a minor to engage in sexual or other prohibited activities. He was lodged at the Taylor County Detention Center.

Swanson pleaded not guilty to the charges in Taylor District Court on Monday. Bond was set at 10 percent of $25,000 and he was ordered to not use any electronic devices or the Internet. Court records state that he told Taylor District Court Judge Connie S. Phillips that he will hire his own attorney.

The charges against Swanson are Class B and D felonies and, when combined, are punishable by as much as 25 years in prison.

He is set to appear in court next for a preliminary hearing on Wednesday, July 18.

Taylor County Sheriff's Detective Brian Pickard investigated.

The Taylor County Sheriff's Office encourages parents to monitor their children's Internet use and to report any suspicious activity to 465-4351.