Local Man to Meet 12 Year Old and Mother...Now Guilty of Soliciting A Minor

[UPDATE] Tallahassee, Florida- August 31, 2012
NOTE: Story contains explicit language

A jury finds a Tallahassee man guilty after hearing details of sexual acts he would do to a 12-year-old girl. The public defender said law enforcement agents used entrapment when they pretended to be a mother who wanted her 12-year-old daughter to have sex with a man.

Jarrell took the woman up on the online offer and now he's been found guilty of solicitation of a minor.

The ad was undercover officers pretending to be a mother who wanted her 12-year-old daughter to have sex for the first time. A phone conversation with an undercover officer who Jarrell thought was the mother was played in court Friday.

Kathy Ray, Prosecutor: Obviously, what we're talking about is sex. That's not an issue. We're talking about the same thing, right?

Jason Jarrell, Defendant: Yes.

Jarrell said that he would massage the young girl to loosen her up for sex. "I'm not saying just massage, but, yeah rub her breasts, rub her vagina, whatever seems to be comfortable at the time."

Jarrell was arrested when he went to a house to meet the woman and daughter.

Kathy Ray, Prosecutor: You went all the way over to Killearn to see what type of person this woman was?

Jason Jarrell, Defendant: It was a five or ten minute drive and yes, I did.

Kathy Ray, Prosecutor: Is what you want this jury to believe that you just happened to stop for condoms before you went over there.

Jason Jarrell, Defendant: They asked me to bring some. I didn't know what the intentions of the woman were. She asked me to bring condoms.

Kathy Ray, Prosecutor: Why on earth would you bring condoms to a house where you've been talking back and forth with somebody who wants you to have sex with their 12-year-old unless you were going to use them to have sex with a 12-year-old, sir?

Jason Jarrell, Defendant: Because I wanted to possibly talk to the mother and see if there was some kind of connection there. I really had no intentiions of sleeping with a 12-year-old.

A total of 48 people, including Jarrell, were arrested in that same week-long sting.

UPDATE: August 31, 2012 at 3:55pm

Jason Jarrell has been found guilty.


UPDATE: August 31, 2012 at 2:52pm

The jury is now deliberating.


UPDATE: August 31, 2012 at 12:45pm

The public defender made a motion to dismiss the case and a motion of acquittal. He says his requests are based on Objective Entrapment.

The lawyer says it is against the law to offer sex for something else in exchange. He says Jarrell could not solicit sex if the "mother" had already agreed to the "daughter" having sex.

Judge Hankinson denied the motions. He said he will leave it to the jury to decide.


UPDATE: August 31, 2012 at 12:15pm

Jason Jarrell is on the witness stand.


UPDATED: August 31, 2012 at 11:15am

In the phone conversation, the undercover cop is giving the ground rules of having sex with the 12-year-old daughter. Jarrell says he wouldn't do anything that the "daughter" wouldn't want him to.

He says he would warm her up by massaging her and rubbing her legs. He says he would probably also rub her breasts and vagina to get her comfortable before having sex. He says he would perform oral sex on the daughter if she seemed into it.

Jarrell's girlfriend and her 16-year-old daughter are in the courtroom during the trial and are listening to all of this.


UPDATED: August 31, 2012 at 11am

The prosecution is playing the audio in court of the phone conversation between Jarrell and a female undercover officer.


UPDATED: August 31, 2012 at 10:55am

The prosecutor says Jarrell answered a personals ad on Craigslist on October 12, 2011. The ad was posted by law enforcement agents posing as a mother who wanted her 12-year-old daughter to have sex with a man for the first time.

Jarrell answered the ad saying he would help. The public defender says Jarrell had no intentions of having sexual contact with a minor.

Jarrell was arrested when he arrived at the home with condoms.
A Tallahassee Police Department investigator and a Florida Department of Law Enforcement agent with the Cyber Crimes Unit have testified about their online conversations with Jarrell. Both posed as the 40-year-old mother.

In emails, Jarrell repeatedly asked about meeting up with the mother and daughter.

The public defender says Jarrell worked at a sushi restaurant and was on the adult website to buy time.


UPDATED: August 31, 2012 at 10am

Tallahassee resident Jason Jarrell is now on trial. The 32-year-old is charged with two counts of computer pornography.

The first witness on the stand this morning was and investigator with the Tallahassee Police Department's Special Victims Unit, who was one of the undercover officers in the sting.

Jarrell was arrested back in October 2011 as part of the 'Tallyops' sting conducted by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, in partnership with local law enforcement agencies around the state. A total of 48 suspects were arrested in 17 Florida counties.

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