An Idaho Falls man was arrested Wednesday after soliciting sex on the Internet from someone he thought was a 13-year-old girl.
Timothy Moss, 37, was booked into Bonneville County Jail and charged with felony enticing a child after he reportedly tried to meet in person with the teen he found Facebook. Moss didn’t know he was having sexual conversations with an undercover agent, who was operating the girl’s account. Moss sent a friend request to the girl in May and started having sexual conversations with her, court documents said.
After several months of communication, the fictitious girl said she was coming to Idaho Falls to visit family. Moss agreed to meet her Wednesday at Tautphaus Park. When Moss left his place of employment around 5 p.m., Idaho Falls Police officers pulled him over and took him into custody.
The fake Facebook account was run by Detective Jim Bohr of the Meridian Police Department. The sting operation was carried out by the Idaho Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, an interagency group of law enforcement officers and prosecuting attorneys from around the state.
Moss remained in custody Thursday with bond set at $100,000.
Felony enticing a child is punishable by up to 15 years in prison.
Reporter Ali Tadayon can be reached at 542-6746.