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Police: Youth baseball coach charged with soliciting a minor

January 26, 2019

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island State Police say a youth baseball coach from Connecticut has been arrested for allegedly soliciting a 14-year-old boy online to engage in sexual activity.

Police say 33-year-old Christopher Merchant, of Canterbury, Connecticut, is charged with two counts of indecent solicitation of a child and other violations.

They say he’s vice president and coach with the Plainfield Little League in Plainfield, Connecticut, but there’s no evidence of any involvement with members of the league at this time.

It’s unclear whether Merchant is represented by an attorney who could comment on his behalf. He was ordered held on $100,000 surety bail pending arraignment Monday.

Merchant was arrested Friday at a hotel in Warwick, Rhode Island, following an investigation by the Rhode Island Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.

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