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State police charge man for trying to entice a minor

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NORTH HAVEN, CT (WFSB) -

A North Haven man was arrested by Connecticut State Police after investigators said he was put a "personal ad on a popular website" in an effort to entice children.

Mark Smith, 44, was arrested and charged with criminal attempt to entice a minor and criminal attempt to impair the morals of a child.

Smith was arrested after a several month investigation by the Internet Crimes Against Children Investigation unit of the state police. According to police, Smith was e-mailing "inappropriate photos and verbage" to an undercover detective, which Smith thought was a 14-year-old boy.

Police said Smith also indicated that he wanted to meet the teenager in a hotel room.

Smith is was being held on a $50,000 bond and was expected to appear in Superior Court in Waterbury on Thursday.

The Department of Children and Families was notified about the arrest because Smith has part-time custody of his daughter.

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