DANVERS — A truck driver from Danvers has been charged with trying to lure a 15-year-old Newburyport-area boy he met online to meet him for sex last summer.
Barry Isgur, 52, of 30 Berry St., Apt. 3R, pleaded not guilty during his arraignment yesterday in Salem District Court to a charge of child enticement.
Police and prosecutors say Isgur was using the social networking site “Skout” to interact with the boy, who appeared to have no idea that Isgur was a middle-aged man.
Over a two-day period in July, Isgur, using a Gmail account that incorporated his last name, and the boy exchanged a series of messages discussing the possibility of a meeting. At one point, the boy suggested that his parents could give him a ride to meet Isgur, according to the report by Trooper James Dowling. Isgur responded by telling him, “I don’t think that’s a good idea.”
The two then went on to discuss the possibility of meeting at the boy’s school.
The online chat abruptly concluded with a message, apparently from a parent of the boy, warning, “Go away. Stop talking to my child.”
The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children received information about the exchange and passed it along to state police. Dowling, a detective assigned to the district attorney’s office, conducted an investigation, including seizing Isgur’s computer with a search warrant. The trooper also called Isgur on the phone number he had given to the child.
Isgur admitted that he knew he was chatting with a 15-year-old boy about meeting for sex, “but he wasn’t serious” and claimed to have no intention of following through.
Prosecutor Jane Prince urged a Salem District Court judge yesterday to set high bail for Isgur, as well as to issue an order barring him from any contact with children.