Lee County man arrested in online predator sting

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A Golden Gate man was arrested Wednesday after he asked an undercover detective who posed as a 12-year-old girl on social media for nude pictures and tried to meet the fictitious girl “with the goal to engage in sexual activity,” according to the Lee County Sheriff’s Office.

William Gregory Vega, 26, faces three felony charges of obscene communication — using a computer to seduce/solicit/lure a child, traveling to meet a minor to engage in sexual activity, and lewd and lascivious exhibition using a computer — and one felony charge of public order crimes for using a two-way communication device to facilitate a felony. Vega was booked at the Lee County Jail on $45,000 bond.

Wednesday while investigating possible narcotics leads, an undercover detective using an “investigative Facebook account” received a Facebook message from a user named “Greg Vega,” according to a sheriff’s office arrest report.

The detective responded to Vega and told him that his name was “Shelly” and that “Shelly” was using her older sister’s Facebook account. When Vega asked for Shelly’s age, the detective said she will turn 13 in October, the report stated. Over the course of the lengthy online conversation, the two exchanged phone numbers, and Vega soon thereafter sent the detective a text message.

The text message conversation “quickly turned into one of a sexual nature,” deputies wrote, after Vega asked about nude pictures and inquired about Shelly’s dating habits.

When “Shelly” told Vega that her mother did not allow her to send pictures, Vega replied with “You gotta be more sneaky” and “She wrong you should be able to take pics,” the report stated. Eventually, Vega asked “Shelly” if she wanted to have sex and sent her a sexually explicit video of himself, according to the report.

Vega later asked “Shelly” if she wanted to “meet up,” and the two agreed to meet near the stage area of Riverside Park in Bonita Springs. Deputies then staked out the park and set up surveillance in and around it.

Deputies followed Vega as he made his way to the park, where he then sat down on a picnic table near the stage area, according to the report.

He “appeared to make eye contact” with the detective who was sitting on the stage, portraying 12-year-old “Shelly,” the report stated. Vega then began walking toward the detective, “making his intentions of contact clear and obvious,” and was arrested, according to the report.

Source: http://www.naplesnews.com/

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