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Sex offender arrested

Police Department Press Release

November 21, 2019

On Friday, November 8, 2019, Law Enforcement Officers of the Pittsburg Police Department responded to the police station in reference to a report of a 13-year-old juvenile victim receiving inappropriate text messages from an adult male suspect, who had been soliciting the juvenile victim for sexual relations.

Continued follow up into this incident by detectives resulted in 42-year-old Ronald W. McDaniel, of Pittsburg, being positively identified as the suspect. On Wednesday afternoon, November 20, 2019, Mr. McDaniel was taken into custody without incident and transported to the jail at the Crawford County Sheriff’s Office for booking. Mr. McDaniel was arrested for felony electronic solicitation of a child, felony stalking and misdemeanor harassment by a telecommunications device. He is being held in lieu of a $100,000.00 bond.

On Thursday, July 25, 2019, during a separate investigation, Mr. McDaniel was arrested for three counts of felony lewd and lascivious behavior and two counts of misdemeanor stalking for following and exposing himself to a 10-year-old juvenile victim and an 11-year-old juvenile victim on three separate dates.

The investigation into the November 8th incident is ongoing at this time. Anyone having information related to this incident, or other crimes, is urged to contact the Pittsburg Police Department at (620) 231-1700, or at our automated tip line, (620) 231-TIPS (8477). Callers may remain anonymous.