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Northville man sentenced to probation

JOHNSTOWN — A Northville man was sentenced recently in City Court to three years probation for an incident last fall involving an underage girl.

The Johnstown Police Department of Thursday issued a news release involving the case of Randy T. King, 25, of 611 Bridge St., Northville.

Police said the case involved city officers being dispatched on Oct. 17 to the area of Crescendoe Road for the report of a suspicious vehicle. Upon their arrival, officers observed the vehicle and approached the occupants.

Once at the vehicle, a patrolman observed a male exit the rear seat and appear to pull up his pants.

The male was later identified as King. It was at that time officers also observed a female in the back seat. The female quickly told officers, who confirmed, that she was a 15-year-old juvenile.

Police said officers removed the juvenile and ensured that she was unharmed.

The 15-year-old was safely turned over to her guardians. When questioned by the patrolman, King advised that he had made a mistake and should not have been with the 15-year-old.

At that time, a lengthy investigation took place, including inquiries into other potential victims as well as searches of social media records.

Officers discovered that King had pretended to be a 17-year-old male for several months, via a popular social media page.

At no point did King disclose his true age to the juvenile. Detectives later determined that King had just picked up the juvenile female, just prior to driving to Crescendoe Road. It was shortly after arriving that the officer made contact with King.

At the conclusion of the investigation, it was determined that King would be charged with endangering the welfare of a child.

King was arraigned in Johnstown City Court on Tuesday and sentenced to three years of probation.

The release said the Johnstown Police Department encourages parents and guardians to speak with their children and teenagers about the use of social media.

It is important to monitor what your child is posting, viewing or has access to. Citizens with any questions are welcome to contact the Johnstown Police Department.

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