OKLAHOMA - Police in Yukon have taken down a man they said is a predator who scrolls the internet looking for young victims but, Thursday, it was not a teen but a police officer he found online.
Police said 34 year old Nicholas Pascale met "a 14 year old girl" on Craigslist, but the teen was really an undercover Yukon police officer.
"Posing as a 14-year-old girl, this individual responded quite aggressively,” said Captain Matt Hofer.
The officer posted an online ad posing as a teen and, in just three hours, 30 to 40 men had responded.
"When people find out the age, most of them stop conversation, but this man did not,” Hofer said. "He would always steer the conversation back to a sexual nature with the intent of having sexual relations with this 14-year-old."
Police said he also sent graphic pictures of himself before eventually driving from his home in Oklahoma City to a park in Yukon, where police were waiting for him.
"I would say this is not his first rodeo,” Hofer said.
Authorities said not all Craigslist ads are police decoys.
Some are actual teenage girls looking for attention.
"To picture one of my daughters engaging in this kind of thing is nauseating to me, but we live in a world where parents don't pay attention to what their kids are doing, and they don't go through their phones and they don't look to see who their friends are and what they're doing,” Hofer said.
Pascale was booked into the Canadian County Jail, bonded out and is facing charges of lewd or indecent proposals or acts to a child under 16 and soliciting sexual conduct or communication with a minor by telecommunication.