ST. JOHNS COUNTY, Fla. – A St. Johns County man was arrested Wednesday on eight felony charges after he thought he was meeting a child for sex, police said.
Shawn Joseph Miller, 37, was charged with using a computer service to solicit sex from someone he believed to be a child, to commit an unlawful sexual act with a child, traveling to meet a minor; traveling to meet a minor after using a computer service to entice a person he believed to be a parent, attempted lewd or lascivious battery-engage in sexual activity with a person over 12 but less than 16; promoting a sexual performance by a child; transmitting information harmful to a child; and unlawful use of a two-way communication device, according to police.
Detectives began their investigation earlier this week when Miller started talking with an undercover detective posing as a relative of a young girl, police said.
The following day, Miller began talking with someone he believed was a female juvenile, police said.
Miller continued to talk to the undercover detective discussing a place and time to meet and ultimately engage in sexual activity with the minor girl, police said.
According to police, Miller traveled to meet the undercover detective at an undisclosed location Wednesday night, where he was arrested without incident by Special Victim’s Unit detectives.
Miller was booked into the St. Johns County Jail on the above charges and bond was set at $50,000 following a first appearance Thursday morning, police said.