A man who lured a 12-year-old girl to have sex using Facebook has been placed on probation for a decade.
The man, Isaiah Kenneth White, 26, of Morrison entered no-contest pleas before Circuit Court Judge Bart Stanley to charges of soliciting a minor to engage in aggravated statutory rape. He was directed to serve 182 days, time he already served, of a 10-year sentence.
The remaining part of his sentence will be spent on supervised probation. He will also have to list himself with the state sexual offender registry. He could have faced even more jail time under the original charges of child rape, each carrying 25 to 40 years in prison.
His plea comes after the 12-year-old girl came to school with a hickey on her neck. School officials noticed the mark and turned the case over to law enforcement.
It was during the resulting investigation lawmen learned about the relationship White reportedly sparked over Facebook with the underage girl. Police say he groomed the girl online and through phone text messages for a couple of months before convincing her to sneak out of her house to meet him.
“There were some pretty vulgar texts,” said McMinnville police investigator Todd Rowland, who worked the case.
After beginning conversations in September, White was reportedly able to convince the girl to sneak out to meet him in November. The meeting allegedly involved them having sex in his car.
Police believe White was fully aware the girl was underage. They also believe he deceived the girl telling her he was also underage.
“Facebook can be a very dangerous place,” Rowland said given the findings of the investigation.
Rowland says cases like this should serve as a warning to parents to check their children’s online activity.
“Parents need to monitor all their children’s social media accounts,” Rowland said. “You never know who may be trying to lure a child over the Internet.”