A central Iowa man is facing sex abuse charges for contact he had with two 14 year old girls he allegedly met on-line. Story County Sheriff’s Lieutenant Dru Toresdahl says 23 year old Anthony McGrew of Melbourne was arrested after an investigation involving a meeting he had with a young girl from Nevada.
Toresdahl says McGrew met the 14 year old girl through MySpace. He arranged to meet the girl in Nevada and the lieutenant says "sex acts occurred" during that meeting. "Then there was a second meeting where there were two young girls and again sex acts occurred during that (meeting)," Toresdahl said. "So, from that investigation, Mr. McGrew was charged with five counts of sexual abuse in the third degree."
Toresdahl says it’s important for parents to closely monitor their kids’ on-line activity. "And if they have a MySpace page, it’s important to see what content is on there so they’re not putting out information that’s personal and private," Toresdahl said. "That’s one of the things about this (case)…the individual had information that led (McGrew) right to the person who became the victim." McGrew was booked in the Story County Jail on a $500,000 bond.
On Monday, a judge reduced his bond to $65,000. If McGrew is able to post 10 percent of the bond, and promises the court he will not have contact with anyone under 18, he could be released from jail.