Man in Port St. Lucie arrested for seeking sexual encounter with 13-year-old

Port St. Lucie, Fla. – A 27-year-old man has been apprehended by the Port St. Lucie Police Department after allegedly attempting to engage in sexual activities with a 13-year-old girl. The individual in question, identified as Rodney Hickman, was caught in a meticulously planned operation carried out by a vigilant organization known as the “Predator Poachers.”

Hickman, a resident of Port St. Lucie, was taken into custody on Thursday night and now faces multiple charges related to the case. The investigation was initiated when officers responded to a report of a suspicious incident in the 1900 block of Southeast Hillmoor Drive at approximately 9:17 p.m.

Upon their arrival at the scene, law enforcement officers were greeted by Hickman himself, as well as members of the “Predator Poachers.” This group is renowned for its utilization of social media platforms to create fake accounts, assuming the identities of minors online. Their modus operandi includes engaging in communication with individuals who express an interest in engaging in sexual activities with underage individuals.

The “Predator Poachers” organization proceeds to set up rendezvous points and schedules meetings, during which they confront the adults seeking illicit encounters with minors. These encounters are filmed by the organization’s camera crew, and subsequently, law enforcement is alerted.

In this particular case, authorities revealed that Hickman initiated contact with an Instagram account under the guise of a 13-year-old girl named “Lilly.” Unbeknownst to Hickman, this account was being operated by an adult member of the “Predator Poachers.” Over the course of several months, Hickman and “Lilly” engaged in text message exchanges, which eventually escalated to the point where Hickman sent an explicit photograph.

During their conversations, Hickman explicitly stated that he was 27 years old, while “Lilly” maintained that she was only 13 years old. The digital communication ultimately culminated in Hickman arranging a meeting with “Lilly” on Thursday night, with the clear intention of engaging in a sexual encounter.

However, upon Hickman’s arrival at the designated meeting point, he was met not by the young girl he expected, but by the members of the “Predator Poachers” organization, who promptly contacted the authorities. As part of the ongoing investigation, Hickman’s phone was confiscated as evidence and will undergo forensic examination.

Hickman now faces charges of transmitting obscene communication by traveling to meet a child after using a computer to lure them, as well as cruelty towards a child by transmitting harmful information. He is currently being held at the St. Lucie County Jail.

While the Port St. Lucie Police Department acknowledges the good intentions of the “Predator Poachers” and similar groups in their mission to protect children, they caution against individuals or organizations conducting these types of operations independently. Acting Chief Richard Del Toro emphasized the importance of adhering to strict legal protocols in such investigations to ensure successful prosecutions and to prevent potential confrontations and violence that could endanger the public and those involved in these operations.

Stay tuned for further updates on this developing story.

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