The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office arrested a suspected rapist in a sting operation, according to a news release Monday (May 19).
The suspect was identified as Adam Webb, 18, of Grimes, Iowa.
On April 15, Webb drove from Iowa and engaged in sexual activity with a 12-year-old girl from Franklin County, according to the release.
The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office was notified of the incident and discovered that she met Webb through an online chat room, the release states.
Authorities communicated with Webb through text messages and learned he planned on coming back to the victim’s home.
Communications continued with Webb until he arrived at the residence where he was arrested on suspicion of rape and distributing, possessing or viewing of matter depicting explicit content involving a child, according to the release.
The vehicle Webb drove was seized, and a search warrant was obtained for it. Authorities found electronic devices inside that will be analyzed for child pornography, the release states.
Webb was brought before Judge Gordon Mack McCain on Monday, and bond was set at $250,000.