POLICE: St. Matthews man arrested after 'out-of-place' meetings with teens in Eminence park
Police say a phone call from an angry father started them on a search for 36-year-old Vien Lam.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Eminence Police say they've arrested a man after a concerned citizen reported that he was having "out-of-place" meetings with 12- to 13-year-old girls in a Henry County park.
According to an arrest report, it happened at the Coach D. Park, near the corner of Hillcrest Drive and Blackaby Lane, at 4 p.m. on Sunday.
Eminence Police say a parent contacted them to report that 36-year-old Vien Lam was "out of place" at the park, talking to 12- and 13-year-old girls. When the parent -- a father -- confronted him and wanted to know what he was doing, Lam ran away.
Police arrived a short time later.
"After being alerted to this, I talked with the young ladies and found out that he had been talking to them online," an officer stated in the arrest report. "They showed me the communications with them and I opened an investigation. I found out that this had been going on since June 2017 on Instagram."
"The conversations were very explicit in nature," the officer stated.
Police say they used surveillance cameras to track Lam's movements and noticed that he used a credit card to make a purchase. As a result, police say they executed a search warrant on the card number to discover his name, and then executed a search warrant on his St. Matthews apartment.
Eminence Police say they seized hard drives, computers and phones, with the help of St. Matthews Police.
Lam was arrested and charged with engaging in the prohibited use of an electronic communications system to procure a minor or peace officer for sexual offenses. Police say more charges may be forthcoming.
Lam is currently being held in the Oldham County Detention Center.
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