Brian Keith Dunn of Coral Spring, Florida was arrested Wednesday after he was accused of befriending a teenage boy over the internet and eventually meeting him in person, purportedly for the purposes of some sort of sexual activity, news sources report. Dunn, 49, was booked into the Broward County Main Jail on charges of prohibited use of a computer, traveling to meet a minor, lewd and lascivious battery on a minor, and driving with a suspended license. He is being held in lieu of $150,000 bail bond. The press did not specify an attorney for Dunn.
The details of the incident, including the teen’s exact age, were not all available at press time, as the investigation is still ongoing. According to reports, Dunn met and kept in contact with the teen online. The pair reportedly kept up an email correspondence for an unspecified period of time.
At some point, Dunn allegedly drove to the teen’s home where, based on the charges, some type of sexual activity allegedly occurred. After that real-life encounter, sources say Dunn and the teen kept in contact via emails and text messages. Reports were unable to say how police learned of the purportedly illicit relationship.
Broward Sheriff’s Office Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) division and the Lauderhill Police Department carried out the investigation. Dunn was subsequently arrested. So far, the authorities appear to have remained mum regarding the ongoing investigation, but they are requesting that anyone with additional details contact them immediately. It is unclear whether there are any more victims.
Children are oftentimes the victims of online predators, who can contact minors in chat rooms or using social media websites. Earlier this month, Seminole resident Andrew Michael Brandt was apprehended for going on to social networking sites under the guise of being a teenager. The alleged alter ego ended with Brandt allegedly sleeping with a 15-year-old girl, sources report. Brandt, 27, was taken into police custody on charges of lewd or lascivious battery on a victim over 12 and under 16 and unlawful sexual activity with a minor. An update on the case is not currently available.
According to reports, Brandt made Facebook and other internet accounts using the aliases Andy Berns and Mike Berns. Brandt reportedly made it look as though the accounts belonged to teenagers. Brandt, posing as Berns, then went on sited like Tagged.com in an effort to meet underage girls, sources allege.
Based on reports, the scheme worked and Brandt began exchanging messages with the 15-year-old girl who thought she was corresponding with another teen. At some point, sources allege that Brandt went to the teen’s Sarasota home and the pair began a sexual relationship. The press was unable to say how long that purported relationship occurred or if the alleged sex happened more than once.
An investigation is ongoing and there may be additional victims, reports indicate. It is not entirely clear how the alleged crime came to the attention of police. Parents who are concerned about their children’s online lives are encouraged by experts to speak with their children about internet safety on a regular basis.