A 25-year-old Hilliard man was charged Oct. 30 with two counts of criminal child enticement, a first-degree misdemeanor, in connection with an incident Oct. 28 involving a 12-year-old girl, according to a Hilliard Division of Police press release sent Thursday, Oct. 31.
The release referred to it an “isolated” incident.
A woman told police her 12-year-old daughter was riding her bicycle with another 12-year-old girl at 6 p.m. Oct. 28 at Jeannette Road and Westbrook Drive when a man verbally enticed the children to get into his vehicle, according to police.
The children did not enter the vehicle and reported the incident to a parent.
With the assistance of a tip, officers identified the man Oct. 30 and arrested him at his residence on the 4900 block of Owens Court, about 1/4 mile from the scene of the incident.
The man was arraigned Oct. 31 in Franklin County Municipal Court.
A cash or surety bond of $100,000 was set at the arraignment, according to court records.
Records indicate the man was placed on house arrest to be monitored by GPS by law enforcement.
In the press release, Deputy Chief Eric Grile lauded the action of the children and the parents.
“The children and their parents did everything we ask of residents in this situation," Grile said. "Because they were able to provide valuable information, officers were able to connect the tip received on Wednesday and make an arrest."