A registered sex offender, who resides in northern Noble County, was arrested in Barnesville after he allegedly showed up for an arranged meeting to engage in sexual activity with what he believed was a 14-year-old boy.
Local media reports identified the suspect as Randy P. Woodward, 48, of Jane Bates Road near Senecaville.
Woodward was reportedly incarcerated in the Belmont County jail following his arrest by members of the Belmont County Sheriff's Office and Sexual Predator Internet Initiative Task Force.
According to the Noble County Sheriff's Office Web site, Woodward was previously convicted of unlawful sexual conduct with a minor. He was classified as a sexually oriented offender.
His most recent arrest occurred outside a Barnesville restaurant.
According to reports, Woodward began an online chat with the SPII Task Force members approximately five days prior to the arranged meeting.
Authorities with the task force said Woodward believed it was a 14-year-old boy with whom he was conversing via the Internet.
Once Woodward pulled into the restaurant parking lot, he was taken into custody by authorities.
Assisting with the arrest were officers from the Bethesda Police Department, Barnesville Police Department and Cuyahoga County Prosecutor's Office.