Wednesday, July 28, 2010
Text Messages Lead To Criminal Indictment
The Putnam County sheriff's department says an investigation of inappropriate text messages has now led to the indictment of a Florida man on charges of soliciting a minor for sex. Authorities say 41-year-old John R. Travers of Port St. Lucie, Florida, was indicted after evidence in the case was presented to the grand jury. He is reportedly an acquaintance of the victim's father and allegedly sent the girl text messages which would have resulted in "the criminal offense of statutory rape." Travers is also accused of fondling the girl while he was employed at a store in Baxter last year. The investigation began after the girl showed her mother the messages that Travers allegedly sent her. His bond has been set at $60,000 and he will be arraigned on the charges September 20th.