Teenager Busted In Crawford County Sex Sting

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Van Buren Police arrested a 19-year-old Crawford County teen on Thursday (June 12) after he showed up at a car wash thinking he was meeting an 11-year-old girl for sex, according to a news release.

Police were first contacted by the parent of the 11-year-old after finding communication between the girl and the 19-year-old on the child's Facebook account. In the initial conversation, the teen was asking the girl to meet him at the Alma Water Park. Police took over the investigation after being informed of the situation, the release states.

Investigators maintained contact with the male throughout the day on June 12. The conversation started to become sexual in nature, and partial nude photos were sent to a person the male believed was the 11-year-old girl.

During the investigation, authorities found the identity of the man to be Nicholas D. Wilbanks, 19, of Crawford County, according to the release.

Through a conversation held via text message, Wilbanks asked to meet with the child to engage in a sex act. At approximately 5 p.m. on June 12, Wilbanks arrived at the Thunder Bay Car Wash located at 2621 Fayetteville Road in Van Buren, the release states.

Wilbanks thought he was going to meet the child, but instead, he was met by officers of the Van Buren Police Department and deputies from the Crawford County Sheriff's Office, according to the release.

Through the entire conversation, Wilbanks was fully aware of the child's age, but that didn't stop him from continuing, the release states.

The victim and Wilbanks had never met before, and the communication prior to the police being contacted was a very short time period, according to the release.

Wilbanks was booked into the Crawford County Detention Center.

He had a $7500 bond and faces a charge of computer child pornography. He later bonded out.


  • Sarah 1

    This guy and the other guys doing this behavior should go to jail. It is happening at almost one a day. Come on Judge, lets lock these people up (if found guilty in a court of law). High bail as well.

  • Arnold Fudpucker

    Already a pervert at 19 years of age. Do him a favor and throw him under the jail as long as it takes for him to learn a lesson.

  • soonerfan

    Why have a trial? He was Guilty as soon as he went to the car wash to meet her. Lock him up and throw the key away. No bail straight to prison.

  • haley holsted

    I went to school with him. And this isn’t the first time he has done this. As far as I know he has done this the whole time. He tried this on my friend, I talked to her out of it. He needs to be taken to jail now. He isn’t going to change. He is going to keep doing this cause that is all he does. He don’t care bout the age of anyone he just goes for it.

    • Sarah 1

      I wonder if he watches a lot of porn on the internet or has a troubled home experience? He needs psychiatric help as well as lockup.

  • Jane Doe

    What he did is terrible and I grew up with him, knowing this would happen eventually but for any one to open their mouth about a troubled home experience is wrong. He has a great and loving family.

  • Derek Wilkinson

    Don’t pamper your kids and treat them like deified little miracles. Teach them how to be a member of society and above all a decent human being. Or they will turn out to be a pedophile.

    • Jane Doe

      This is the most ridiculous thing I have ever heard. Nick grew up with a great mom and dad along with friends whom were more like family. People have issues of their own and that shouldn’t reflect on friends or family.

  • mrmakeitworse

    Gotta love those parents. I’m just waiting to put a perv in jail off the internet. My congrates to the parents. Very well done.

  • Amanda

    I know nick and his parents. Find this to truly be shocking. Nick has great parents, love Janie and Don. I truly feel sad for all parties involved in this. I know Janie and Don love Nick, however I can not imagine they in any way knew he was capable of this behavior. Sad day for everyone.

  • Scarlette

    With the way he was, this has been a long time coming. What goes around, comes around. And it sure came around for him. I couldn’t be happier.

  • Ciara

    Why is everyone talking about his parents, it’s his fault, blame him, lock him up. He is 19 a grown man, he needs to learn to be an adult and more mature

  • Justice

    I hate how they called him a teenager. Last I checked 19 years old is adult! At least the ones I served in combat with all were! Not to worry rich parents, unfortunately this lowlife probably won’t even see 1 day in prison until after he rapes, which will likely happen. Thats out screwed up system.

  • Steve

    I sit next to this guy from 6th grade to 11th grade everyday in school. He never spoke of doing anything like this

  • HL

    If that had been my daughter, wilbanks wouldn’t have met her or a policeman. He would have met up with a very pi$$3d off dad.

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