32-year-old Kevin Winterman was arrested in Ohio after propositioning children for sex online
Winterman was communicating with an undercover officer posing as a 12-year-old girl
In 2014 Winterman was arrested for a similar crime in Kentucky
A day before his arrest TDH did a story on Winterman contacting a woman’s 12-year-old daughter
On Wednesday, The Daily Haze released an article on 32-year-old Kevin Winterman after he was caught sending inappropriate messages to Sarah Dekelaita’s 12-year-old daughter on Instagram through a fake account. On Thursday, Winterman was arrested in East Price Hill, Ohio.
Dekelaita began messaging Winterman from her daughter’s account after she told her an older man was sending her messages. Unbeknownst to Dekelaita, she was not the only person exchanging messages with Winterman.
It would appear Winterman had also caught the eye of law enforcement from his behavior online. TDH posted screenshots showing Winterman has a history of contacting children through social media.
According to police reports, Winterman was trying to meet an undercover officer posing as a 12-year-old girl on social media. Winterman asked if he could meet the undercover officer for sex. He is charged with two counts of importuning and two counts of disseminating matter harmful to juveniles. Winterman has a similar charge in Kentucky from 2014.
Online predators are something no parent hopes their child ever has to deal with, but unfortunately, it does happen more than people want to believe. One Ohio mother is relieved that her 12-year-old daughter came to her after it did happen.
Sarah Dekelaita was shocked when she discovered an adult was messaging her daughter on Instagram. The man — who we later learned is 32-year-old Kevin L Winterman of Cincinnati, Ohio — was using the picture of a younger male to initiate conversation.
The Instagram account michael867777 has a profile picture of a teenage boy. It turns out the picture in the profile is of Harley Ray Ard. When Ard was 15-years-old, he made the news after he went missing from his home in Sumter County. Winterman’s profile picture was one of the images released to the public while he was missing.
Ard was found ten days after going missing. In 2017, at the age of 17-years-old, Ard faced 27 charges that included break-ins and larcenies. Ard is currently in prison for those charges.
Winterman eventually admitted he was older in the messages and sent pictures of himself. He believed he was still messaging with Dekelaita’s 12-year-old daughter when in reality he was messaging her.