Joseph Meahl, a registered sex offender from Wildwood, Florida, was arrested in a sting operation last Thursday after showing up at Sunrise Hotel in Broward County to allegedly have sex with three young boys. Meahl, 50, was purportedly tricked by two undercover federal agents into thinking he was meeting two dads willing to let him have sex with their three preteen sons.
During his first-appearance court session last week, U.S. Magistrate Judge Alicia Valle ordered Meahl to be held without bail while his case is pending. As a registered sex offender, Meahl faces charges for committing a felony offense involving a minor and attempting to entice a minor to engage in sexual activity. The press did not specify an attorney for Meahl.