COLONIE, N.Y. (NEWS10) – Colonie Police arrested a Greene County man accused of trying to meet a 14-year-old boy for sex on Sunday.
Police say Michael Proper, 51, of Climax, N.Y., messaged and spoke on the telephone with an undercover investigator he thought was a 14-year-old boy and his father. The contact involved the internet, text messages, and phone conversations that were sexual in nature.
“He believed that our undercover [officer] was a parent who had a 14-year-old boy who was interested in having sexual relations with him,” Colonie Police Lt. Robert Winn said.
Police say Proper scheduled the meeting for Sunday, October 23 in the Target parking lot on Troy Schenectady Road. Police arrested him at 9 a.m. without incident.
He was charged with 1st degree attempted dissemination of indecent material to a minor and 2nd degree attempted criminal sex act. He was arraigned and was brought to the Albany County Correctional Facility.
A search warrant was executed on his residence and vehicle where digital media devices were taken for further forensic examination.
Police say Proper is a loner who had little contact with children.
Police say there are no know real victims of Proper, but due to the nature of the charges, anyone who believes they are a victim should contact police at (518)-783-2744.
“I find it very hard to believe that this is the first time he did this,” Lt. Winn said.
Proper served time in 1998 after being convicted on charges of Arson, reckless endangerment, criminal contempt, and criminal possession of a weapon. It’s unclear what the circumstances of the crime were.
The incident remains under investigation.
This investigation was aided by the New York State Police (New York State Police Uniform patrol, Special Investigations Unit, Troop G Computer Crimes Unit, and NYS Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.