‘Predator Poachers’ fake Instagram account leads to arrest in Southern Kentucky
SOMERSET, Ky. (WYMT) - A man has been arrested after he planned to meet up with a person he thought was an 11-year-old girl.
The girl, was not 11 years old, though. In fact, the girl was not even real. A fake Instagram account posing as the child was run by a group called “Predator Poachers”.
The Pulaski County Sheriff said Floyd T. Adams, 46, planned to meet the young girl to see a movie at the Cinema 8 Movie Theater in Somerset.
The online group called the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office on December 18, when they were supposed to meet Adams.
In a release, officials with the sheriff’s office said the communication between the fictional 11-year-old and Adams had a “purpose of inappropriate relations.”
”After they [Predator Poachers] told us what had happened we conducted our own investigation to determine if the accusations are in fact what they are,” said Deputy Alex Wesley
Adams was arrested and charged with Procuring or Promoting the Use of a Minor Less than 12 Years of Age. He was taken to the Pulaski County Detention Center.
After he was taken to the detention center, deputies got a search warrant for Adams’ home and found several electronic storage devices. They said the devices will be sent to the FBI for forensic examination.
Adams appeared before the Pulaski County District Court on Wednesday, where it was decided his case would be sent to the Grand Jury.
The case is still under investigation.
The Predator Poachers are an organization founded by Alex Rosen, a 21 year old living in Houston.
”I always wanted to be in law enforcement,” he said. “I started doing this when I was nineteen, so at least in Houston you can’t be a cop until you’re 21, but that’s always what I wanted to do.”
Rosen was drawn to catching child predators when he did a test run with a fake social media account of a 15 year old.
”Within a few minutes there is someone that works at a hospital in Houston wanting to meet who he thinks this is a 15 year old boy for sex,” said Rosen. “And from there it just got progressively worse, and worse and worse.”
Rosen said that despite the danger involved he hopes to continue getting bad people off the streets.
Predator Poachers shares its video confrontations with the suspects they find online on a YouTube channel.
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