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Text messages lead to arrest
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A 20-year-old Goodland man is in the Barton County Jail, facing charges that he solicited young girls via text messages, Sheriff Greg Armstrong said.

Braeton Joshua Monk is being held in lieu of $1 million bond.

Armstrong said Monk was arrested by Barton County Sheriff’s Office detectives on Friday as the result of an extensive investigation that began back in February. A woman reportedly discovered some inappropriate text messages on her 12-year-old daughter’s cell phone and contacted law enforcement. As the investigation developed, other alleged victims were discovered — all 14 years of age or younger.

In addition to texting, Monk allegedly had physical contact with the girls in some instances.

Monk, who previously lived in this area, was arrested without incident at Northwest Kansas Technical College in Goodland, where he was attending classes. He was booked on four counts of electronic solicitation of a minor under the age of 14, two counts of indecent liberties with a child and one count of aggravated indecent liberties with a child. Armstrong said other charges are expected to be filed as the investigation continues.