Crime

He sent a teen boy text messages asking for sex, Gulfport police say. He’s 70 years old.

Gulfport officers arrested a 70-year-old man Thursday for asking a 16-year-old boy for sex in text messages, police say.

Police say a woman called in a complaint Friday, saying the Gulfport man “had sent text messages enticing her 16-year-old son for a sexual act.” She gave police a copy of the messages.

The man was an acquaintance of the family.

The man was arrested on a charge of enticement of a child to meet for sexual purposes.

He is held at the Harrison County jail on a $15,000 bond.

The Sun Herald does not identify those accused of a sex crime unless they are arrested on two or more felony counts.

Justin Mitchell: 228-604-0705, @JustinMitchell_

Twenty men in Whatcom and Skagit counties were caught in a sting operation this month that targeted internet predators attempting to solicit sexual contact with minors - part of the Washington State Patrol's ongoing "Net Nanny" operation.

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