Ada County sheriff’s detectives arrested a 42-year-old Canadian man Friday afternoon, saying the man arranged to meet a 14-year-old girl for sex at a local parking lot, but found deputies waiting for him instead.
Detectives determined that John R. Jones had been exchanging messages with the girl for the past week, not realizing that he was actually corresponding with an ACSO detective.
Jones, who is from Chilliwack, B.C., is charged with felony enticement of a child over the Internet.
Detectives began their investigation of Jones last week after he posted a Craigslist ad indicating he was soliciting sex from teenage girls in Boise, according to an Ada County news release. A detective answered the ad and said he was a 14-year-old girl. The two began exchanging messages, which became sexual in nature, the sheriff’s office reports.
Jones made arrangements to meet the “girl” Friday afternoon in a parking lot near the intersection of Overland and Cole roads. Deputies arrested Jones when he showed up at the meeting place.
The crime of enticing over the Internet is punishable by up to 15 years in prison. Jones had his first court appearance Monday and is scheduled for a preliminary hearing April 18. His bond is set at $50,000.
The Ada County sheriff's 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.