A former singer in an Upstate gospel group was arrested and charged with soliciting a teenage boy online, according to authorities.
Joseph Martin Trusty, 47, of 113 Phillips Lane, Greenville, was charged in a warrant Tuesday with criminal solicitation of a minor.
He was identified Wednesday by the gospel group as the man charged in the warrant. In a statement, the band said Trusty’s association with the band has been terminated.
Trusty is accused of soliciting an undercover Sheriff’s Office deputy posing as a 15-year-old male, according to a warrant.
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The warrant alleged that Trusty engaged the deputy posing as a 15 year old online in a sexual conversation. Trusty agreed to meet at a location for sex, the warrant alleged.
Trusty sang baritone in the gospel group, band members said.
He was being held at the Greenville County Detention Center on a $20,000 bond.