Authorities in Missouri say an Ohio professor traveled hundreds of miles on the promise of engaging in sex with an underage girl.
According to the New York Post, 52-year-old Kevin Armitage was a Miami University professor when he began communicating online with a user who identified herself as a 14-year-old girl.
Armitage used a website called USA Sex Guide and posted messages in a thread regarding prostitutes available near Kansas City.
As part of a federal sting operation, an FBI agent reportedly posted a message promising to “hook [the user] up with the digits for a young spinner” if that was his “thing.”
Armitage reportedly wrote in response that a “young spinner is what I live for.”
When the suspect called the number he was given, authorities say he was actually speaking to another undercover agent who identified herself as Crystal.
“Armitage agreed to meet the 14-year-old’s cousin at a restaurant on the Country Club Plaza in Kansas City,” a statement from prosecutors claims. “An FBI undercover employee, posing as the cousin, met Armitage at the restaurant.”
His arrest took place 568 miles away from his Ohio home.
The university issued a statement acknowledging the accusations against its faculty member.
“Miami is appalled and shocked to learn of these allegations of illicit sexual behavior. Any conduct that would harm children is especially abhorrent,” the school said. “Under no circumstance is this type of unlawful behavior tolerated by our campus community.”
Armitage was indicted by a federal grand jury on Tuesday and remains behind bars. He could face a 30-year sentence if convicted.
[Featured image: Kevin Armitage, Wyandotte County Detention Center]