When I moved to Florida, it seemed I had found the land of bizarre, odd, way out there stories. Unfortunately this occurrence that recently happened in Southeast Florida also happens across our nation.
Kevin Jackson planned an afternoon date with a 15-year-old boy Thursday that got him booked into jail instead, police say.
Pembroke Pines Police arrested Jackson, 45, of Miramar, after he allegedly exchanged messages online and in texts with an undercover officer from the South Florida Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.
On Wednesday, Jackson messaged the undercover officer through a fake profile created in a smartphone app. The officer repeatedly identified himself as a 15-year-old boy while exchanging messages with Jackson, who said he was OK with his age as long as the minor "was not about the drama," according to the police report.
Jackson then gave out his phone number to continue texting, writing that he found the boy to be "so sexy," and that he "wanted to make love to him," according to the report.
He asked the minor for a picture of his genitalia and said the youngest person he had been with was a 17-year-old boy.
At one point, Jackson asked if he was being set up by police in the manner of the television show "Catfish," but then believed the undercover officer when he replied that it wasn't a set-up.
Jackson agreed to pick up the boy around 3:15 p.m. Thursday to take him back to his Miramar home. He texted the undercover officer when he arrived at the agreed location, and was taken into custody.
At the police station, Jackson admitted to writing the sexual texts and that he was planning to meet with the boy to have sex, according to the police report. He then told the officer that he "was wrong and made a mistake."
Jackson is facing multiple charges, including obscene communication and using a computer to solicit or lure a child. He was booked into Broward County's Main Jail about 7:30 p.m. Thursday, records show.
We know sexting with under-aged guys happens and it shouldn't.
Be safe out there no matter what your age.
What do you do when you are approached by an under-aged guy online?
Block them? Warn them of the dangers?