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Editor Charged With Sex Crime

Stanislaus County deputies have a 32-year-old Merced sports editor jailed on a charge of attempted child molesting via Internet. Donald Eldridge is identified as a sports editor for the Merced Sun-Star. Detective Ken Hedrick says he was solicited with an AOL “instant message” yesterday afternoon, under the profile of a 13-year-old girl that he´s constructed to catch cyber-criminals.

Hedrick says he went along with a proposition from Eldridge, met him at a Turlock location and took him into custody. Eldridge is being held under 50-thousand dollars bail.