Ga. man accused of traveling to have sex with minor

Undercover detective arrests man they say thought he was guardian

Published On: Nov 05 2012 02:52:48 PM EST
ST. JOHNS COUNTY, Fla. -

A 33-year-old Georgia man was arrested early Friday evening when he traveled to a St. Johns County motel thinking that he was meeting a girl for sex, according to the St. Johns County Sheriff's Office.

Stephen Woods, of Savannah, Ga., was charged with four felony counts to include use of a computer to seduce, solicit or lure a child; use of a computer to solicit parent or guardian's consent; travel to meet after using a computer to lure a child; and using a two-way communications device to facilitate a felony.

Woods was booked into the St. Johns County jail, where he remained Monday with bail set at $400,000.

A detective working cyber crimes began an electronic conversation with Woods in the middle of October, investigators said. They said Woods believed that he was conversing with the guardian of a special needs girl.

Over the course of the conversation, Woods solicited sex with the minor from the guardian, investigators said. They said Woods also believed he was communicating with a 13-year-old girl and indicated that he was still interested in engaging in sex with her.

Woods agreed to meet the guardian and child at a St. Johns County motel between 7 p.m. and p.m. Friday, investigators said. Woods arrived just before 7 p.m. and met with who he believed to be the child's guardian outside the motel room, investigators said.

He was actually meeting an undercover detective, and following the brief encounter, Woods was taken into custody.

Detectives said their investigation is continuing. They said they learned of other potential pending cases for online enticement involving Woods.