West Jefferson man charged with solicitation of child by computer


The Appalachian Online

Sammy Hanf

Boone Police arrested and charged Benjamin Lindsey Keely with Soliciting a Child by Computer and Soliciting Prostitution. Keely has been released on a $40,000 bond.

Keely is a resident of West Jefferson and is 31-years-old.

The arrest was part of an Internet Crimes Against Children operation. A statement issued by the Boone Police Department said Keely had arranged a meeting with the intent of exchanging money for a sexual encounter with a minor.

After a brief interview Keely was brought into custody. His court date was set for Dec. 13.