The man, 23-year-old Michael Bradley,
communicated with the girl through her Facebook account, convincing her to give
him her phone number, say police and the girl’s mother. Mom went to police with
copies of the texts Bradley was sending (including inquiries about whether she
was a virgin, if she would be willing to skip school talk to him instead, and if she wanted
to have sex for her next birthday present), along with his phone number. When
police told the girl’s mother they needed more evidence in order to
arrest him, the woman sprang into action.
"Just because someone texts something
inappropriate doesn't mean there's sufficient evidence for an arrest," said St.
Petersburg police spokesman Michael Puetz to ABC News.com. "First, we
have to establish the suspect is the person sending that text. Just because
it's a particular phone number doesn't suffice. You need more evidence."
that point, Mom took the problem into her own hands. Pretending to be her
daughter, she continued the banter with Bradley, sending him an image of a teen
model from a chain-store ad when he wanted to see a picture of her. In return,
he sent a photo of a naked body. When she asked for a shot that included his
face, Bradley sent it—finally providing the key evidence to lead to his arrest.
On Monday Bradley was arraigned on 16
counts, including distributing obscene material to a minor.