BOONE COUNTY, Mo. — A Columbia man was arrested for allegedly attempting to entice a minor for sex.

Darren Lasley, courtesy Boone County Sheriff’s Department

According to a press release from the Boone County Sheriff’s Department Cyber Crimes Task Force, 27-year-old Darren Lasley was arrested Wednesday after he allegedly made contact with a member of the Cyber Crimes Task Force who was posing as a 14-year-old girl.

Lasley reportedly exchanged a number of e-mails with a Cyber Crimes Unit investigator that he believed to be a 14-year-old girl, according to the news release.

After communicating through e-mail with the decoy, Lasley allegedly wanted to meet the underage girl “to engage in sexual conduct.”

Lasley is now charged with one felony count each of attempted enticement of a child and attempted statutory sodomy in the second degree. He is being held on a $4,500 bond for the attempted sodomy charge, however bond for the attempted enticement of a child charge has not yet been set by a judge.

He is currently in custody at the Boone County Jail.