A 34-year-old man thought he was sending lurid sex texts to a 13-year-old girl, but it was an undercover detective who was intercepting and responding to the messages, a police report shows.
Richard Lee Marcelino II now sits in the Broward Main Jail charged with using a computer to send obscene communications to a minor. The second-degree felony is punishable by up to 15 years in prison.
Marcelino met the girl in the Parkland Isles-area, asked for her cell number and subsequently sent her a series of messages requesting explicit photos, offering her money for sex and expressing his excited anticipation for a sexually inexperienced partner, according to an arrest report.
Unknown to Marcelino, the girl had given him her father’s cellphone number. Her father contacted a detective, who in turn received and responded to Marcelino’s sex texts, the report says.
In response to messages outlining how “young” and “inexperienced” she was, Marcelino texted: “Doesn’t matter if you can keep secret.”
He also told her she could make $20 in exchange for oral sex or $50 for intercourse.
Marcelino, who first told the girl he was 18 but later said he was 21, arranged to meet the girl near the Parkland Isles’ pool area bathrooms, the report said.
When Marcelino saw Broward Sheriff’s deputies in the vicinity, he sent another text saying: “You set me up.”
But the police report shows that that close call didn’t stop Marcelino from later sending yet another text message encouraging the girl to sneak out after dark.
When deputies spotted Marcelino in the area, they stopped and questioned him. He was arrested at about 4:45 p.m. Sunday near the intersection of Northwest 66th and 110th drives.
Marcelino’s bond has been set at $15,000.
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