COOKEVILLE, TN – A 42-year-old man’s plan of meeting a 12-year-old girl he met on Facebook was interrupted the other night when the girl’s father introduced the man’s face to his fist.
The girl’s father noticed that his daughter had been receiving messages on Facebook from a man he did not know. When he questioned her, she said she did not know him either. The father checked out the man’s Facebook page and found out his age and phone number.
Outraged, the father began texting the man’s phone posing as his own daughter. The man replied back, sent a picture of himself and asked the girl for a picture of her in a swimsuit. He also agreed to meet the girl at Cane Creek Park. When the man got to the park on Saturday, he met the girl’s very angry father instead, who had called police.
By time police got there the two men had already gotten into a fight and the girl’s father had bloodied the 42-year-old man’s nose. The bleeding man told police that “he knew the girl he was meeting was 12 years old and that he deserved what her dad had done to him.”
He went on to explain that he only wanted to befriend the girl because he was unable to have children of his own (to dress in swimsuits). According to the police report, the man said he was only going to meet the girl at the park to talk to her about school and what she wanted to be when
he would have no more interest in her she grew up.
No charges have been filed against either man, but police say they are continuing to investigate.
I don’t recommend people setting up their own sting operations and meeting potential psychos at parks, but this story further demonstrates the best way to neuter online child predators by simply knowing what the hell your kid is doing online. If you love your kids and don’t want to see them strangled to death in a ditch after getting butt-raped by a man that tricked them online, then there isn’t a single excuse for not doing it.
It’s still crazy to me that some parents out there, unlike the father in this story, spend more time and effort protecting their credit card info online than they do their own children.Tags: Beating, Cane Creek Park, Crime, facebook, Pedophile, Tennessee