Richard Lee Marcelino II of Parkland, Florida was arrested Sunday after he was accused of sending a 13-year-old girl sexually illicit text messages, new sources report. Marcelino, 34, was booked into the Broward County Main Jail on charges of using a computer to send obscene communications to a minor. A judge ordered the he be held in lieu of $15,000 bail bond. It is not currently known whether Marcelino has hired a defense attorney.
According to reports, Marcelino met the victim during an outing in Parkland Isles and asked her for her cell phone number. The victim reportedly gave Marcelino her father’s cell number instead, though she did not specify this to Marcelino. Several days later, Marcelino allegedly began sending sexually illicit messages. Marcelino asked to see the girl naked, offered her money in exchange for sex, and said he was anxious to be with an unseasoned sex partner, reports say. It is not clear whether Marcelino was aware of the girl’s age.
After receiving the illicit messages, the victim’s father turned his cellphone over to police. In turn, a detective posed as the victim and replied to Marcelino’s messages. The detective reportedly sent messages highlighting the victim’s age and inexperience, reports say, to which Marcelino allegedly responded, “Doesn’t matter if you can keep secret.”
During a conversation with the undercover detective, Marcelino initially said he was 18. However, as the conversation moved forward, he claimed he was 21, sources say. Marcelino also allegedly offered to pay the undercover agent $50 for sex or $20 for fellatio. The “girl” agreed to meet Marcelino near the restrooms at a pool in Parkland Isles, reports say.
Marcelino showed up to the pool, where he spotted the officers before they saw him, reports say. Sources say Marcelino fled the area and sent the undercover detective a message that said, “You set me up.” Still not dissuaded from meeting the victim in person, several days Marcelino sent the detective a message indicating the victim should sneak out of her home after dark.
At around 4:45 Sunday evening, police officers noticed Marcelino’s vehicle near the victim’s home at Northwest 66th and 110th Drive and pulled him over. It is not clear how he knew where she lived. After questioning, police booked Marcelino into their custody.
In other news, police in Flagler County are searching for three suspects accused of robbing Shaun Williams on Friday, reports say. Williams, 34, was taken to an area hospital following the alleged robbery. Police are currently conducting an investigation to identify an arrest the woman and two men accused of the crime.
According to reports, the incident occurred Friday evening after Williams agreed to go on date with a woman he had met two weeks previously. The woman arrived to pick Williams up with two men in her car, reports say. The woman told Williams one of the men was her brother and she had to drop him off before they went on their date.
Instead, reports say the woman drove Williams to a cow pasture. Williams exited the car and one of the men smacked him in the face with a metal object, pointed a gun at him, and ordered him to remove his clothes. The suspects then left with all of Williams’s belongings. An officer later found Williams walking along the side of the road, naked and bloody, and took him to the hospital.