Bartow, Florida -- A man has been arrested after he was caught using his phone to solicit sex from a minor.
On July 3, Officer Griffith and Detective Lawson began investigating a reported unlawful sexual act between Christopher Runnels and a 14-year-old female.
During the investigation, Griffith and Lawson interviewed the girl and found that Runnels visited her home for the purpose of unlawful sexual intercourse. Further investigation uncovered sent nude photographs Runnels sent of himself to the victim via text message, as well as request that the victim send similar pictures.
Reportedly, Officer Griffith then assumed the identity of the victim and began a text message conversation with Runnels. During this conversation, a meeting was arranged at the victim's home.
Upon the Runnel's arrival at the victim's home, he was taken into custody without incident and is currently being held in Polk County Jail.