Vero Beach Man Busted for Attempting to Solicit Children for Sex

A Vero Beach man was arrested after trying to solicit children for sex in Brevard County.
A Vero Beach man was arrested after trying to solicit children for sex in Brevard County.

VERO BEACH – Ethan Thomas Commins, 26, of Vero Beach has been charged with travel to meet use computer solicit guardian.

On December 6, 2018, an undercover agent from the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office placed a post on a free Internet website. The website where this post was placed caters to individuals who have a sexual interest in animals.

The post stated, “living a lifestyle different from most and do not judge others and hope not to be judged. We are here to try something different and see if anything comes from it. If interested hit us up if not good luck in your search.”

Commins replied to the post and through conversations with the undercover agent from December 6, 2018, through December 18, 2018, he stated he had a sexual interest in children.

The defendant stated his sexual preference was for children 2 years of age to 9 years of age, the affidavit stated.

The undercover agent told the defendant he had a daughter who was 13 years old and during the course of the investigation, the undercover agent told the Commins numerous times the fictitious child was 13-years-old.

On December 18, 2018, Commins stated he wanted to meet the undercover agent and child to have sex with the minor child.

The defendant said, “I’d like to do oral and foreplay sex, possible penetration if it leads to it.”

The undercover agent asked the defendant what he wanted to penetrate, which Commins described as oral anal and maybe vaginal penetration of the child. The defendant then made arrangements to meet the undercover at a prearranged location within Brevard County on December 18, 2018.

On December 18, 2018, at approximately 6:45 pm, the defendant arrived at the prearranged location and made contact with the undercover agent. Commins confirmed the fact to the undercover agent, he was there to have sexual contact with the fictitious minor child.

During a post-Miranda interview, the defendant stated he was the one who had conversations with the undercover and admitted to saying he wanted to have sex with the minor child, according to the affidavit.

Commins bond was set at $40,000.

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