Undercover Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) task force agents arrested a Sayre man this weekend on a complaint of soliciting sex with a minor by use of technology.
According to investigators, Canadian County deputies conducting an undercover investigation of social media sites frequently used to sexually exploit minors came across an online classified ad stating, "Looking for younger in OKC."
Investigators quickly responded to the ad, purporting to be a 14-year-old girl, and came in contact with the man they believe placed the ad, identified as Gary Brickhouse, 53.
ICAC agents say their conversations with the suspect quickly turned sexual, as the man texted undercover agents saying he wanted to meet the "girl." During text conversations, he reportedly offered to bring sex toys and lingerie. Investigators say he asked the "girl" if she liked sex with older men and if she was "into" oral sex.
They say he described in graphic detail the acts that he wanted to perform on her, including tying her up.
Brickhouse reportedly arranged a meeting with the girl at a location in Canadian County, but when he arrived, he was met by Canadian County deputies rather than the 14-year-old girl he expected.
Deputies say he admitted to having sexual conversations with someone he believed to be a 14-year-old girl, and that he drove to the location to meet her. Investigators say they found lingerie in the girl's size, still in packaging, in the suspect's vehicle.
Brickhouse was booked into the Canadian County Jail and held on $50,000 bond. Forensic investigators plan to examine the man's cell phone for evidence at a later date.
Online solicitation of a minor is a sex offense. Under 21 O.S. § 1123, it is a felony to "knowingly and intentionally [m]ake any oral, written or electronically or computer-generated lewd or indecent proposal to any child under sixteen (16) years of age, or other individual the person believes to be a child under sixteen (16) years of age, for the child to have unlawful sexual relations or sexual intercourse with any person."
Soliciting minors online is punishable by 3 to 20 years in prison if the minor involved is aged 12-15; however, if the child is under the age of 12, the act is punishable by 25 years to life in prison.
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