TULSA, Okla. — -The Tulsa County Sherriff’s Office says they arrested a suspected child predator in an undercover investigation.
-Detective Jason Weis says 21-year-old Brandon Whitebead added who he thought was a 14-year-old girl on Facebook in March. The profile actually belonged to Det. Weis, and had photos of a female deputy.
-Court documents say Whitebead told the girl he was randomly adding people, and was ok with her being underage.
-The conversations quickly turned sexual in nature, asking the girl to send nude photos, describing sex acts, and sending nude photos of himself.
-Deputies put out a warrant for his arrest earlier this month, and he was arrested this week on multiple charges for lewd or indecent proposals to a child, lewd or indecent exposure to a child, and one count of using technology to engage in sexual communication with a minor.
-Det. Weis says what’s worrisome about this case is that the suspect was adding random people, so it’s possible he added or talked to real young girls.
-He says predators will do or say anything to manipulate a child to get what they want, from grooming tactics to threats.
-It’s important for parents to have difficult conversations with their children about dangerous people online, and for parents to stay up to date on apps their kids are using.
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