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Man Arrested for Trying to Solicit Sexual Conduct

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A Panama City man was arrested for attempting to use social media to solicit underage teenage girls for unlawful sexual conduct.

According to the Panama City Beach Police Department, 33-year-old Richard Edman Philyaw was using a social media site to contact teenage girls. An investigator with the Beach PD posed as a 13-year-old girl on the sight, and Philyaw contacted the "child" for sexual conduct.

While on his lunch break, Philyaw drove to the Majestic Beach Resort for what he believed to be the "child's" home for the purpose of having unlawful sexual conduct with the "child". Philyaw admitted he was there to meet a 13-year-old "child" and his intentions were to engage in unlawful sexual conduct.

Philyaw was charged with traveling to meet a minor to engage in unlawful sexual conduct and unlawful use of a two-way communication device and booked into the Bay County jail.

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Information provided by the Panama City Beach Police Department

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