A St. Elmo Man has been charged with sexual exploitation of a minor and solicitation of a sexual act. 70-year old Lendal Golden is charged with one count of sexual exploitation of a child as information states the Golden allegedly “in the presence of a child, knowingly exposed himself for the purpose of sexual arousal.” That count is a Class 4 felony punishable by 1 to 3 years in prison. Golden is also charged with one count of solicitation of a sexual act as information states Golden allegedly “offered a person under the age of 18, to touch or fondle the defendant, for the purpose of sexual arousal.” That count is also a Class 4 felony punishable by 1 to 3 years in prison. Golden did make an appearance in Fayette County Court on Tuesday and was advised of the charges against him. Golden requested a public defender and Judge Don Sheafor requested that Golden attempt to hire private counsel or that he show proof that he is unable to hire counsel. The matter has been set for a hearing on the status of Golden’s defense counsel on September 14 at 11am. Bond for Golden has been set at $75,000 and he remains in the Fayette County Jail.