Interview with Jacob Zohdi
WTOP's Nick Iannelli talks with the roommate of Akshay Rajshekar. (runs 2:00)
Nick Iannelli, wtop.com
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - An 18-year-old University of Maryland student is sitting behind bars, accused of trying to set up a sexual encounter with a 12-year-old girl.
It's not the first arrest for freshman Akshay Rajshekar of Salisbury, Md. He also faces charges in Wicomico County in connection with a child pornography case.
This time, according to court documents, Rajshekar attempted to meet a preteen for sex, The Washington Examiner reports.
Charging documents say Rajshekar used his spring break last week to troll the Internet, finding someone he thought was a father willing to share his daughter with him.
The documents claim Rajshekar chatted for several days with this person, who turned out to be a D.C. police detective.
Authorities arrested Rajshekar when he showed up to a prearranged location in the District this week.
The University of Maryland has a policy allowing students due process, just like anyone else in the criminal justice system.
Rejshekar will be allowed to attend school at the college unless he is convicted.
"We don't know whether a charge is legitimate and whether a student is going to be convicted," explains Linda Clement, vice president of student affairs. "When a student is convicted of a misdemeanor or a felony, then they are subject to the student code of conduct."
Follow @NickWTOP on Twitter.
© 2013 WTOP. All Rights Reserved.