Ada County Sheriff’s deputies arrested a 35-year-old Nampa man Saturday who tried to use Facebook to lure a 13-year-old girl into having sex.
Dion Garcia is charged with a felony count of enticement of children over the internet.
Deputies arrested Garcia after a traffic stop in the Ten Mile Road/Pine Avenue neighborhood Saturday morning — a few miles away from a park where he was supposed to meet the girl.
Detectives began their investigation earlier this month when the parents of a 13-year-old girl discovered sexual messages from Garcia on the girl’s Facebook page and told Meridian police.
An Ada County Sheriff’s Office detective took over the page and began talking to Garcia. They ultimately arranged to meet Saturday morning.
Garcia will make his initial court appearance Monday afternoon.
The crime of enticement of children over the internet is punishable by up to 15 years in prison and requires anyone convicted to have to register as a sex offender.
The Ada County Sheriff¹s detective in charge of the case works with the Idaho Crimes Against Children Task Force, a statewide coalition of local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies focused on apprehending and prosecuting people who use the internet to criminally exploit children.