SOUTH HERO, Vt. --
An arrangement for a man to meet who he thought were two teenagers for sex started with an accidental cell phone text message and ended with his estranged wife setting him up for a police sting, according to Vermont State Police.
Police said Jesse Arnold Read, 40, of Plattsburgh, N.Y., was charged with using electronic equipment to lure a child after he was set up by his 23-year-old estranged wife and her friend.
According to court documents, Read's estranged wife accidentally sent him a text from a new cell phone. He didn't know who sent the message, and when she sent another message to apologize, he replied, "No problem -- just someone new to talk to."
After several test messages back and forth, Read's estranged wife texted him saying she was 17 and that she had a 15-year-old friend. From there, the texting got personal and graphic and they made plans to meet for sex, according to the court documents.
The court papers also indicated that Read was asked to meet the two girls at a gas station in South Hero, Vt.Read, 40, of Plattsburgh, N.Y., arrived at the gas station hours early, state police said, and parked around the corner. State police said Read had two flower bouquets with him.
Instead of meeting the girls, however, he met state troopers.
"He acknowledged that he came over based on the text messages that were sent to him to have sex with a 15- and 17-year-old girl," Claremont said.
Police said it doesn't matter who was behind the sting, saying Read left his home in Plattsburgh and crossed Lake Champlain thinking he would meet underage girls.