A 32-year-old Louisville man sent amorous Internet messages to what he thought was a 14-year-old girl when the child's mother actually was intercepting the notes, according to Lexington police.
The mother notified police, who arrested Houston Lamar Young on Tuesday. He is charged with using electronic communications in an attempt to induce a minor to engage in sex. That is a Class D felony, according to papers filed in Fayette District Court.
The messages were sent via Facebook between Oct 3 and Oct. 14, court filings say.
Lexington police spokeswoman Sherelle Roberts said the child's mother had control of the Facebook account, and accepted a "friend" request from Young because she previously had met him.
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The mother monitored messages sent to her daughter and noticed some from Young that she thought were inappropriate, Roberts said. At that point, she began an online conversation with the defendant as if she were the child, according to Roberts.
According to police, the mother called them when the messages became increasingly inappropriate, including stated plans to take the teenager to a motel.