Florida Mom Concocts Online Sting to Nab Daughter’s Alleged Predator

Source: Russell Goldman / ABC News / Yahoo! News

A Florida mother launched her own “To Catch a Predator”-style sting operation when her 11-year-old daughter began receiving pornographic text messages from an adult man and police told her they needed more evidence to make an arrest.

The St. Petersburg, Fla., girl set up a Facebook account and friended Michael Bradley, whom she later gave her phone number, police and the girl’s mother said.

Bradley, 23, allegedly texted the girl for several weeks with increasingly inappropriate and graphic messages. He asked whether she was still a virgin, wanted sex for her birthday and she’d skip school to meet him, police said.

“It got out of control very quick, just out of control,” the mother, who asked not be identified to protect her daughter, told ABC News affiliate WFTS-TV.

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