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COLONIE — A businessman from Ticonderoga was arrested earlier this month for allegedly trying to arrange a sexual encounter with a 13-year-old girl, police said.

John F. West, 48, of Route 9N, was charged with felony counts of attempted second-degree rape and attempted first-degree dissemination of indecent material to a minor in connection with an investigation by multiple law enforcement agencies, according to Colonie Police.

Police said he operates Quality Automotive, also known as QA Services, a vehicle repair shop on Alexandria Avenue in Ticonderoga.

West was charged after he went to Colonie to meet a person he thought was a 13-year-old girl, with whom he had been communicating online, police said. Police allege he set up the meeting for sex with the teen.

The girl was actually an undercover police officer, and West was arrested Feb. 1 when he drove to a business parking lot in Colonie to meet the child, authorities said.

He was arraigned and sent to Albany County Jail for lack of bail, but had posted bail as of Wednesday.

Colonie Police were assisted by the Warren County Sheriff's Office and the FBI.

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