Two arrested for child enticement after online stings

Jimmy Cunningham, 37, of Ethel, Mo. (Adair County Sheriff's Office) Timothy Wireman, 24 of Memphis, Mo. (Scotland County Sheriff's Office)

Two northeast Missouri men are behind bars after two separate investigations by the Kirksville Regional Computer Crimes Unit.

According to the Kirksville Police Department, Timothy Wireman, 24, of Memphis, Mo., and Jimmy Cunningham, 37, of Ethel, Mo., have both been charged with attempted enticement of a child.

Police say Wireman was arrested in Memphis on Wednesday after it was reported to local authorities that Wireman was attempting to meet underage girls for sexual contact. The KRCCU was notified and began an undercover investigation. A detective, posing as a 13-year-old girl, made contact with Wireman on a social media website. Wireman made arrangements to meet the girl in Memphis at a local park, and then engage in sexual contact at his home.

Instead, the Memphis Police Department, Scotland County Sheriff’s Office and KRCCU were waiting at the park and arrested Wireman.

Cunningham was identified as a registered sex offender in Macon during a periodic check on social media websites. Cunningham made arrangements to meet an undercover detective posing as a 13-year-old girl at a Kirksville business parking lot to engage in sexual contact. The Kirksville Police Department and the KRCCU arrested Cunningham when arrived at the parking lot Thursday.

The investigations by the KRCCU, which operates in 13 counties in northeast Missouri, are made possible from funds provided in part from the Missouri Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force and funds from cybercrimes grants through the Missouri Department of Public Safety.

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