A 26-year-old Nampa man was arrested Tuesday after using Facebook to lure what he thought was a 13-year-old girl into having sex.
The "teenager" was actually an Ada County sheriff's deputy.
Trey Michael Clontz was taken into custody at an Ada County health club just off Interstate 84 late Tuesday morning after driving from Nampa to meet the girl, police said.
Deputies arrested Clontz after he texted and called the "girl" several times trying to change the prearranged meeting spot. Police said Clontz was afraid of getting caught and wanted to see the girl walking so he could ensure she was alone before picking her up.
The "girl" refused to walk to another location and Clontz told her he'd call her back. Clontz pulled into the health club and deputies arrested him to keep him from returning to Nampa, according to a written release from the Ada County Sheriff's Office.
Detectives began investigating Clontz when he contacted the "girl" on a Facebook page set up by a detective.
The messages quickly turned sexual in nature, police said, even though the detective told Clontz she was 13.
Clontz first arranged to meet up with the girl in February but did not show up. He later said he had car trouble. Clontz continued to use Facebook to chat with the girl until Tuesday, when he arranged to meet with her for the second time.
Clontz was taken to the Ada County Jail, where he is being held on a $100,000 bond.
He is scheduled for a preliminary hearing in Ada County court on April 30. If convicted, he faces up to 15 years in prison.
The Ada County Sheriffs detective who investigated 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