An Enid man is behind bars for allegedly trying to sell meth to a 12-year-old boy on Facebook.
18-year-old Robert Lewis LeClair, Jr. was arrested.
Police are thanking the boy’s mother for helping catch the suspect.
Enid police said the mother did what every parent should do by carefully monitoring her child’s social media accounts.
She even posed as her son on Facebook, talking to LeClair and setting up the deal that ultimately got him arrested.
Police said LeClair was talking to the boy on Facebook messenger, and they boy’s mom stepped in.
She read the messages, called Enid police and posed as her son on Facebook.
They met up by a convenience store at 16th and Maine.
LeClair thought he was selling the boy $100 of meth.
Instead, police showed up and arrested LeClair.
He had several grams of the drug with him.
“My initial reaction was I wanted to find that mom and give her a high-five, because she did the perfect thing,” said social media expert Patrick Allmond.
Allmond said what the Enid mom did is what all parents should do – know the usernames and passwords for all of your kids’ social media accounts.
“In the real world, you know the kids that are coming and going inside your house and you know where your kid is going if they're going to spend the night," Allmond said. "Be that diligent online also. Know every single person they're interacting with and what kind of conversations they're having."
According to Enid police, LeClair admitted to setting up the drug deal on Facebook and said he thought the boy looked 15 or 16.
On Facebook, users are supposed to be at least 13, but there’s nothing to stop a pre-teen from creating an account.
Fortunately, this time, a vigilant parent was able to help keep an alleged predator from preying on any other kids.
LeClair is being held in the Garfield County jail on a $10,000 bond.