September 25, 2012

Man arrested for obscene “chatting” with a child on line

A 46 year old man from Miami is in jail today charged with communicating in an obscene manner with someone he thought was a 14 year old girl on line.

In March, Major Crimes Detective Dan Mehler worked on an operation with the South Florida Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force (ICAC) to target adults using the internet to contact, communicate and meet up with children. During the course of the operation, one of the task force detectives was “chatting” on line, posing as a 14 year old girl.

46 year old Alberto Hernandez made contact with the “girl”, and had a conversation with her on his web camera. Their conversations continued on later dates, with Hernandez getting more sexually explicit as their conversations progressed. At one point, he proposed coming to Monroe County to meet with the girl.

Subsequent investigations revealed his home address. His identity was confirmed as the same person who communicated obscenely with someone he thought was a 14 year old girl. A warrant was issued for his arrest. On Monday, Hernandez turned himself in to the Monroe County jail. He was charged with using a computer to seduce and lure a child. His bond is set at $75,000.00.

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