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Deputy coroner solicited sex from boy online, AG says

HARRISBURG, Pa. - A deputy coroner in Carbon and Schuylkill counties has been charged with soliciting sex from an undercover officer who posed as a 14-year-old boy on the internet.

Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro on Friday announced charges against Edward Smith, 60, of Tamaqua.

Authorites said Smith solicited the agent for sex on a social networking site and arranged plans to meet even after the officer told him he was 14. He also instructed the agent to delete the records of their online conversations.

When they arrived at the meet-up location, Smith was taken into custody by agents with attorney general's office.

"We have zero tolerance for the sexual abuse of children in Pennsylvania," Shapiro said. "Whoever the perpetrator may be – including a public official – we will investigate and charge these predators wherever we find them."

Smith was charged with unlawful contact with a minor and criminal attempt to commit involuntary deviate sexual intercourse. He's in the Luzerne County Jail on $250,000 bail.

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