A man was arrested after allegedly using Facebook to lure minor into sex.
According to Tennessee authorities, Justin Kyle Phelps faces multiple charges after he allegedly tried to sneak into a 13-year-old’s bedroom – only to find the girl’s father waiting for him instead.
Phelps was charged with felony solicitation of a minor, among other counts, after police say he contacted the teen on Facebook and tried to set up a meeting to have sex with her.
The girl’s father pretended to be his daughter to arrange a date on Facebook, based on the reports from Knoxville News Sentinel. Phelps allegedly showed up at the 13-year-old girl’s bedroom window earlier in March but ran off when he sees the father’s girl holding a gun, according to a criminal complaint obtained by the paper.
The girl’s father said Phelps climbed into their daughter’s bedroom on another occasion, according to the Knoxville Police Department.
Knoxville Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force Agent Chris L. Jones. created a fake Facebook account to lure Phelps back to Knoxville with a promise he’d be having oral sex with a 13-year-old girl. When he showed up at the previously-arranged meeting place, Jones arrested him, according to the complaint. Neither that location nor the victim’s address is listed in the complaint.
Jones wrote in the complaint a search of Phelps’ phone revealed evidence of other potential victims. He did not elaborate on whether more charges could be coming Phelps’ way.
According to the court document, in December of 2016, Phelps initially pretended to be a 13-year-old girl named Vicky and sent the man’s daughter a friend request. Phelps allegedly bonded with the girl over modeling before escalating to conversations about sex, and eventually tried to set up an encounter.
An investigation is on-going after police found possible evidence on Phelps’ phone of other victims.
Phelps, a convicted sex offender, was found guilty in September, 2011, of attempted sexual exploitation of a minor in a separate case.