Solon resident charged with child enticement

On 10/31/13 at 11:14 a.m. Solon Police officers Michael Gantt and Ptl. Soltis responded to Solon Middle School and spoke to 12 year old student.

According to the victim, she was confronted by a male on her way to her bus stop located at Cromwell Drive and Hamilton Court in Liberty Hill subdivision in South Solon.  The male asked her if she had a boyfriend and inquired if she was going Trick-or-Treating that night.  The male placed both of his hands around her waist and attempted to pull her towards him.  She pushed him away.  The male disengaged and became angry.  The victim turned away from the male in an effort to find someone to help her, however, there was no one else around.  The male was upset and giving passing vehicles the middle finger.

The victim also told officers that she has observed the same male standing outside in the area of Monroe Court almost every day watching her wait for the bus.  A thorough investigation was conducted which led officers to identify and arrest a suspect who fit the description.  Keith Houska, 53, a resident of Liberty Hill Apartments of Solon was charged with Criminal Child Enticement a Misdemeanor of the first degree.

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