Computer confiscated

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

A Lewisburg man was arrested last week and charged with solicitation of a minor, city police reported after a two-month investigation.

Mark J. Suchan, 46, of 634 4th Ave. North, was taken into custody on Thursday on warrants sworn out by Police Detective Sgt. David Henley.

"During the operation Suchan had requested a person to arrange the purchase of a child, age 12 or under, for the purpose of sex," Henley said. "As a result of the operation a search warrant for Suchan's residence was also obtained and served on Thursday."

"His computer and other digital media" were confiscated during the search, the detective sergeant said. "I obtained warrants after the completion of a two month operation."

Lewisburg Police, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and Sgt. Sam Barnes of the Maury County Sheriff's Office worked together during the investigation, Henley said. The TBI was involved because of the computers. Barnes is commissioned to deal with Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the federal agency that deals with human trafficking including prostitution, so the Maury County Sheriff's sergeant is brought in on such cases. City Police Detectives Scott Braden and James Johnson investigated, as well.

Suchan's bond was set at $30,000. He's due in Marshall County General Sessions Court date on April 5.

Asked if there were victims, Henley said "None that we know of. As far as we know, he was just shopping."

However, as he does with other crimes, the sergeant wants residents to know that if they have information that could help with this, or other cases, then police want them to call the Criminal Investigation Division at 359-3800, or Crime Stoppers at 359-4867.

"We received information from a good citizen that Suchan had made inquiries," Henley said.

Meanwhile, police continue to follow up on leads from the public with regard to the January shooting death of Ronald Shelton, 58, of 112-C 7th Ave. South, the old Fox Motel that fronts West Commerce Street.