A man who was previously convicted of rape and introduction of a controlled substance into the body of another person was arrested last week for internet stalking a child.

According to documents filed in the Ashley County circuit clerk’s office, Thomas Dewayne Wilcoxon, 46, of Ashley County was arrested on March 2 and charged with internet stalking.

The criminal information sheet filed states that Wilcoxon used an electronic device to “seduce, solicit, lure or entice an individual he believes to be 15 years of age or younger” in an effort to meet up with that individual to engage in sexual intercourse or other sexual activity.

Wilcoxon went for his first appearance on March 6 and has a hearing set next month.

The clerk’s office also has record of Wilcoxon being convicted in 2005. Wilcoxon was found guilty of rape and introduction of a controlled substance into the body of another person on Jan. 19, 2005 for a crime he committed in July of 2004.

At the time Wilcoxon was 30 years old and his victim was only 15.

Wilcoxon will go before Judge Sam Pope on April 20 for the internet stalking charge which is a Class B felony punishable with a sentence of not less than five years or more than 30 and for a fine of up to $15,000.

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