A Waterloo mother of two was arrested in Arnold, Mo., on federal charges that she used the Internet in an attempt to have sex with a 13-year-old boy.
According to police and court documents, Christie Bradley, 38, sent sexually explicit messages to a 13-year-old boy in Arnold, Mo., who reported them to police. A federal agent then posed as the 13-year-old boy and continued the contact on Sept. 24 and 26.
The Arnold Police Department received information that Bradley kissed the boy, identified only as MM in court documents, at his home on Sept. 19. The boy told police that the primary means of communication with Bradley was through his Facebook account and text messaging on his cell phone.
Police took possession of the Facebook account and cell phone and began posing as the boy, who is now 14.
Bradley told the boy that she was in love with him and planned to marry him when he graduated, court records stated.
One of the exchanges took place at about 10:30 p.m. on Sept. 24:
MM: "Do I need to get condoms? Or do u have some"
Bradley: "ill get some. then u don't have 2 worry bout gettn caught with them. we have 2 use them!
Bradley arranged to meet the victim on Wednesday at his home. The agent, posing as the boy, agreed to skip school and be home alone. Bradley stated she would buy lingerie from Victoria's Secret and bring condoms to the home. She later stated she went to the doctor to get birth control pills so she would not get pregnant.
Bradley arrived at the house with the lingerie and condoms to meet him for the sexual activity, the affidavit stated.
The federal criminal complaint filed Wednesday in the Eastern District of Missouri in St. Louis stated Bradley used the Internet to "knowingly attempt to persuade, induce, entice, or coerce an individual who had not yet attained the age of 18 years to engage in sexual activity." She is charged with statutory rape in the second degree.
A detention hearing for Bradley is scheduled for Friday morning before U.S. Magistrate Judge Audrey Fleissig.
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