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(Licking) – A man from Licking is accused of attempting to coerce a minor into having sex with him.

40-year-old John Clay Hendrickson was arrested earlier this week and charged with enticement of a child. A press release from the Licking Police Department states that on October 1, the department received a report of a male, later identified as Hendrickson, who was sending text messages to a juvenile female seeking to have sex. During the investigation, Hendrickson allegedly admitted to seeking a sexual relationship with the juvenile.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Hendrickson is a registered sex offender in Missouri, having been convicted in 1996 of statutory rape of a 13-year-old female in Jonesburg, MO.

At report time, Hendrickson was held in the Texas County Jail on $750,000 bond.

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