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Undercover Craigslist Ad Nabs Santa Rosa Beach Man for Soliciting Child for Sex

July 14, 2017

Santa Rosa Beach, Fla— A Craigslist ad for some summer fun lands a 31-year-old in jail for soliciting sex with a minor.

Brendon Joseph Kelly

On July 10th Brendon Kelly answered an ad posted to Craigslist by a Walton County Sheriff’s Office undercover investigator titled “l00king f0r s0me fun during the summer!!! – w4m (32433).”

Over the next three days Kelly engaged in communications with who he believed to be a 13-year-old girl, during which he repeatedly asked for inappropriate photos and sent nude photos of himself via cell phone. At one point during their messages he asked to “scoop” her up so they could engage in sexual acts.

An investigation was conducted into these communications and Kelly was subsequently arrested on July 13th. He is charged with soliciting a minor for sex, sending harmful material to a minor and using a two-way communication device to facilitate a felony.

The Walton County Sheriff’s Office would like to remind parents to monitor the activities of their children and be aware of their communications.

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