Madison Police Department’s online child solicitation investigation netted its 20th arrest since August on Friday when a Jackson County man who was already a lifetime registered sex offender in Indiana was taken into custody in downtown Madison.
Officers from MPD’s Crime Suppression Team arrested Curtis James Imlay, 41, of the 1200 block of South County Road 740 West, Medora, Indiana, on alleged preliminary charges of attempted sexual misconduct with a minor and child solicitation, both Level 4 felonies, and disseminating material harmful to a minor, a Level 6 felony.
Police say Imlay traveled to Madison to meet what he thought was going to be a 14-year-old girl for sex after communicating with an MPD undercover officer on social media. Once Imlay arrived at the predetermined location — a parking lot near Fifth and Broadway streets in downtown Madison, he was taken into custody by Madison Police without incident at about 7:55 p.m. Friday.
Imlay is currently on the Indiana Sex Offender Registry for a prior child molestation conviction on Jan. 15, 2002, in Jackson County, for which he received an eight-year sentence and was released on Aug. 13, 2009.
Madison Police Detective Sergeant Shawn Scudder led the investigation with assistance from MPD Captain Bruce Heaton, Senior Patrolman Aaron Watson and Patrolmen Brad Demaree and Zackery Nicholson.
Imlay was lodged in the Jefferson County Jail where he is being held without bond.
Operation Predator Net is an ongoing investigation.