A man, a predator, from Texas was arrested in Orlando, Florida, because he thought he was meeting up with a nine-year-old girl for sex.
Mark Andrew Nichols, 64, from Austin, Texas, traveled more than 1,000 miles to meet with the girl, but when he arrived it was the police that met him on Saturday. Undercover sex crimes detectives had created a fake advertisement on a website that Nichols frequented.
An internet crimes detective posed as a mother and father, as well as the child, according to WFTV. The ad referenced “experienced parents to learn new things from raising little ones,” according to the arrest record. The ad was vague to encourage predators to inquire more.
The fake dad asked him what type of “interests” he had. Nichols replied, “When you say interests, are you asking generally? Or sexually?” Nichols admitted he was “fascinated” with incest. The fake father asked what Nicholas would like to do with the little girl.
According to the arrest report, Nichols responded: “I would like to visit you all. I am interested in having sex with the child and the child’s mother. I am bi so I am open to some bi play with you if you are interested. If you are not, that is fine. I would maybe like to watch you have sex with the child. Be there. Touch and re-assure her. Then have sex with her myself. Would the child want to watch me with mom?”
Mark Nichols traveled from TX to meet & have sex with a 9-yr-old girl. Instead, he was met by OPD. We’ll never stop going after predators. pic.twitter.com/WJUr22lrkW
— Orlando Police (@OrlandoPolice) October 9, 2017
At the time of his arrest, Nichols was found to have had Sour Patch Kids candy, a bag of Skittles and a bottle of lubricant.
Nichols has been charged with attempted sexual battery of a child younger than 12, attempted lewd or lascivious conduct, solicitation of a minor via computer, obscene communication and unlawful use of a two-way communication device.
He is currently in jail with bail set at just $1,500.