Police: Newark Man Kept Ledger Of Sex Encounters With Children
Larry Van Meter, 68, is behind bars, charged with unlawful sexual conduct with a minor.
Newark police charged him after they said they used a confidential informant to help arrange a meeting with a boy who was working with police.
According to a search warrant obtained by 10TV, Van Meter admitted that it was his plan to engage in sexual conduct with the boy whom he believed was 15-years-old.
When police went inside his apartment, detectives said they found ledgers which were described as "hand-written logs of all his sexual partners dating back to the 1960's."
Police say it included the names of boys between 14 and 16 years of age. Police are trying to determine if any of the children were local.
10TV went to the apartment where Van Meter lived on Grafton Road in Newark. His neighbors said they were glad to see him behind bars.
“We've had trouble with him all the time,” said Nancy, who did not want her last name used.
She said she's lived in this Newark apartment for 11 years and suspected Van Meter was dealing drugs because behind the building there was an odor. There was also constant traffic go in and out of his apartment, according to the neighbor.
“We're talking young high school to 30-year-olds to 50-year-olds.. just a constant path", she said.
Patty Franklin is Van Meter's next door neighbor.
She says when police came to his apartment on Monday, she assumed it was a wellness check.
“I was really worried about him, but now I'm not," said Franklin.
Police said Van Meter also told them he met some of his sexual partners while picking up hitchhikers in Ohio, Tennessee, and Louisiana.
It's believed those cases involved consensual sex with adults.
As for neighbors like Nancy, they are glad that Van Meter is behind bars and far away from children.
“There's a lot of little ones around here there's a lot of kids who don't need to be around him, that's for sure,” she said.
Prosecutors said Van Meter has no prior criminal record. He declined 10TV’s request for an interview.
A judge set his bond at $50,000.
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