Cops: Naples man rides bike 20 miles expecting sex with a child

Posted at 1:01 PM, Jan 19, 2017
and last updated 2017-01-19 22:25:38-05

LEE COUNTY, Fla. -- A Naples man is currently in jail on no bond after investigators say he traveled 20 miles to meet a person he thought was a 12-year-old girl online.

26-year-old William Vega was arrested Wednesday and charged with Lewd and lascivious exhibition using a computer, Using a computer to lure or solicit a child, Traveling to meet a minor to engage in sexual activity, and Utilizing a two-way communication device to facilitate a felony.

According to the Lee County Sheriff's Office, Vega had been using social media to communicate with a detective posing as a 12-year-old girl.  During the communications, Vega sent explicit videos of himself and requested to participate in sexual acts.

In one of the messages, according to reports Vega asked the deputy posing as the child if she had "ever done anything with a guy before?"

A meeting was arranged at a park in Bonita Springs, and Vega arrived on his bicycle from his home in Collier County approximately 20 miles away.

"Why would somebody do that? I just don't understand," said David Dudley.  Dudley lives in the building next door to Vega.

He says everyone who moves into the community has to pass a background check.

"Just because you do a background check on somebody, doesn't mean they are totally straight."

Even though a child wasn't hurt, the incident serves as a reminder for Dudley to always know what your kids are doing online.

"It makes you think more than twice, it makes you think quadruple times, about your child being online."

Vega remains in the Lee County Jail tonight facing several charges.