LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Police say 39-year-old Thomas Saylor never expected the person he would meet Monday afternoon in Old Louisville would lead to his arrest, but that meeting and what officers found has him facing charges.
Saylor was arrested at a business at Preston & Ormsby, where officers say he thought he would be meeting an underage girl. That meeting, along with his cell phone, got him into trouble.
"Saylor was found to have a pornographic image of a pre-teen juvenile female on his phone," LMPD Lt. Kit Stemile of the 4th division said Tuesday.
Saylor appeared in court Tuesday morning to answer to charges of "unlawful use of electronic means to induce a minor to engage in sexual or other prohibited activities" and "possession of matter portraying a sexual performance by a minor."
His bond was set at $50,000 for those two charges. Police say he's no stranger to the area of Preston.
"We had info that Saylor had been in the area for several weeks asking around. We got it from several sources that he was asking around for this type of sex with a juvenile female," Lt. Stemile said.
A tip led investigators to Saylor, at which point detectives say a police officer posed as a young girl. Police say there's a message for all parents to learn from this in these technologically advanced times.
"Facebook, what their child can do on a cell phone, texting, and parents have to be awake and look through this phones and there should be no privacy with these kids because if there is, that's when you get into these cases were little girls turn up missing," Lt. Stemile said.
But that's not the case this time. Officers just hope more cases will end with an arrest before anything deviant can happen.
In court Tuesday, Saylor was ordered to have no contact with anyone under the age of 18 - including his own children.
He'll be back in court on September 2.
Court documents show a criminal past stretching back to 2002, including charges of felony burglary and assault and other charges.