GROVE CITY – A Grove City man is accused of soliciting a sexual act from a teenage girl via social media.
William Wallace Brest II, 53, was charged Feb. 7 by state police with solicitation of statutory sexual assault, solicitation of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, unlawful contact with a minor, and corruption of minors.
Brest waived his right to a preliminary hearing. The case moves to Mercer County Court of Common Pleas. His common pleas arraignment is set for 9 a.m. April 23 with Judge Daniel P. Wallace. Brest remains in Mercer County Jail after failing to post bond.
According to the criminal complaint:
A 15-year-old girl told police Jan. 29 that she had received inappropriate message from Brest through Facebook Messenger.
He asked her if she wanted to come to his home to hang out, and when the girl asked him why, Brest “alluded to wanting the victim to perform ‘womanly stuff’ that his wife used to do for him.”
Police used the girl’s Facebook account to assume her identity during further interactions with Brest.
On Feb. 6, police posed as the girl and messaged Brest, who confirmed that he was aware of the girl’s age. He also said that she is “too young for what he really wanted to tell her.”
Brest asked the girl if she wanted to be friends or “something more.” The state trooper posing as the girl said “something more,” and Brest said he could teach her what he wanted her to do.
When asked what that meant, Brest said “sex” and “oral sex.” They could meet up at a Grove City business in the 600 block of West Main Street, then head to his home, Brest said.
Two state troopers waited at the business for Brest, who sent a message asking the girl to walk toward his home so they could meet in the middle.
Police saw Brest walking along West Main Street, and he was taken into custody for questioning.
Brest told police that he knew what he did was wrong, and that the victim was too young for what he was asking.