Man arrested for soliciting sex from teen on Facebook

Officer Carey Klain
Officer Carey Klain

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - He friended a teenager on Facebook, now a Louisville man is charged with trying to solicit sex from the girl.

Police say it began last month when 35-year-old Michael Grindles friended a 14-year-old on Facebook. The two exchanged numbers and police say that's when things turned sketchy.

The inappropriate relationship police say Grindles was having with the girl ended near the Walgreens on Dixie Highway Wednesday afternoon. That's where police say Grindles thought he'd find the teen.

"He did meet there with the intent to have sex with the juvenile," said Officer Carey Klain, a Louisville Metro Police spokesperson.

Instead Grindles found police. They had been posing as the girl.

According to LMPD, the two became friends on Facebook and at some point exchanged phone numbers. Klain said Grindles and the girl communicated at some point, which seemed innocent to the child. Klain, however, said that wasn't really the case. The two started to text back and forth, but police say those messages got sexual.

"When they became explicit, she did let her mother know and the mother contacted the police," said Klain.

Police say that was the smart thing to do. They took over the text conversations and set up the meeting where Grindles was taken into custody. Police say the girl handled the situation exactly as she should.

"This is definitely an opportunity for parents to discuss this again with their children and give them the warnings," Klain said. "If you don't know someone don't accept their friendship."

At this point police don't believe there are any other victims, but ask anyone who think they could be to contact the Crimes Against Children Unit.

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