Ark City man faces trial on teen soliciting charge

A 25-year-old Arkansas City man was set for trial Monday in Sedgwick County District Court, accused of soliciting teenage girls over the Internet.

Thomas L. Pennycuff waived his preliminary hearing, pleaded not guilty and was set for trial Feb. 22.

Felony trials in Sedgwick County are often continued from their first setting date to allow lawyers more time to prepare their cases.

Pennycuff was charged Nov. 16 with electronic solicitation of a child he believed was under the age of 16.

Wichita police say Pennycuff was soliciting girls through his account on MySpace, a social networking and entertainment site.

Pennycuff also faces a misdemeanor drug possession charge in Cowley County District Court, records show.