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Online Predator Arrest

Deputies say he came to Tallahassee expecting to meet a 15-year-old girl for sex, but wound up behind bars instead.

Our cameras were the only ones there for the stakeout and the takedown.

Thirty-nine-year-old Nitesh Patel was confronted and cuffed in the parking lot of the public library after deputies say he drove 250 miles from the Tampa area to meet a 15-year-old girl for sex.

LCSO Spokesman Chris Chase said, "What's really scary about this investigation is that the online chat started one week and one day ago. What's most alarming though, is he was prepared to meet the 15-year-old that same day."

Detectives say Patel started chatting online with what he thought was a 15-year-old girl last Thursday, and the chat turned to sex talk on the very first day. Since then, detectives say Patel sent pictures of himself and booked a Tallahassee hotel room for a rendezvous.

"He was the aggressor, he was the one with the sexual advances, very promiscuous behavior with this child, and we had a crime before he even got here," Chase said.

A search of Patel's rental car turned up directions to the Leon County Library and a bag full of souvenirs the teen asked him to bring back from his business trip to Boston this week.

Patel, who detectives say is a husband and a father, will face charges for soliciting a child, and he surely won't be spending the night in a plush hotel room.

The 15-year-old girl online was really an expert lure with a group called "Perverted Justice." Once it got a bite from Patel, it called in the Sheriff's Office and FDLE to handle the stakeout and arrest.


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