Keely faces child solicitation charges

By Jesse Campbell -

BOONE-A West Jefferson man was charged with soliciting a child by a computer following an investigation by the Boone Police Department.

On Thursday, Nov. 10, the BPD concluded an Internet Crimes Against Children operation resulting in the arrest of 31-year-old Benjamin Lindsey Keely, according to a police press release.

Keely had arranged a meeting in Boone, with the intent of exchanging money to have a sexual encounter with a minor female. Officers observed Keely travel to the meeting location, approached him and conducted an interview. Keely was then taken into custody prior to having made any physical contact with a minor.

Keely was also charged with a misdemeanor count of soliciting prostitution.

His court date is set for Dec. 13 and his conditions of release were set as a $40,000 secured bond. Keely has since posted bond and has been released, said the BPD.

Reach Jesse Campbell at (336) 846-7164.

By Jesse Campbell

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