Bench Trial Concludes For Mayfield Heights Man Accused Of Trying To Seduce 12-Year-Old Girl
Judge John Sutula will render his verdict regarding Varun Trivedi this week
The bench trial has ended for Varun Trivedi -- the 26-year-old Mayfield Heights man who is accused of trying to seduce what he thought was a 12-year-old girl but turned out to be an agent for the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.
The trial began Thursday in Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas and concluded.
Judge John Sutula has not rendered a verdict yet and is expected to do so at some, as yet unspecified, point this week.
Trivedi has been charged with five counts of importuning and one count each of attempted kidnapping, attempted rape and possession of criminal tools.
Between Dec. 22, 2011, and April 26, 2012, 26-year-old Varun Trivedi chatted online with the person and repeatedly inquired about meeting her in person, according to the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor's Office.
Trivedi also described the sexual acts he wanted to perform with the would-be victim, prosecutors said.
On April 26, 2012, Trivedi showed for the scheduled meeting with the girl. However, he was met by authorities and arrested without incident.
The following day, a search warrant was executed at Trivedi’s residence. A laptop computer, hard drive, passport and paperwork were seized as part of the investigation.