Coaches getting caught in police sex sting operations has happened in the past and will likely happen in the future. But what are the odds that a Little League coach will fall for a fake Craigslist ad, from an “parent” claiming they were looking for someone to provide sexual “guidance” for their underage daughter, arrive at the sting house and then be arrested by a cop who’s kid played on the guy’s team?
This thing just has sick written all over it.
Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd says a little league baseball coach is among the 15 men undercover detectives rounded up during an online sting to find child sex predators. While this wasn’t the first time Polk County sheriff’s detectives have targeted people who use the Internet to prey on children, there was one arrest that seemed to shock everybody.
“I don’t know who was the most surprised when the front door opened, him when he saw the sheriff’s detectives or the undercover sergeant who recognized him as his child’s youth baseball coach,” said Sheriff Judd.
Detectives say the coach, 33-year-old Tommy Dupre of St. Cloud, drove to the undercover home to have sex with a 14-year-old girl. Dupre is among the men who detectives say responded to a fake ad posted by an undercover detective posing as a parent on Web sites like Craigslist. The ads solicited guidance for their child, some as young as 8, but none over the age of 14.
In Dupre’s case, the undercover agent posed as a father soliciting “guidance” for his daughter. In the email exchanges with the undercover agent, detectives say Dupre expressed his desire to engage in sexual activity with the 14-year-old girl and even admitted to stopping by a gas station to buy condoms before arriving at the home.