DUNCAN, Okla._A Duncan man is behind bars in the Canadian County Jail accused of soliciting a 14-year-old girl for sex.
Investigators say 30-year-old Brandon Downey sent a Facebook friend request to an undercover deputy who was posing as a teenage girl from Yukon in May. After months of explicit messages and phone calls, authorities were able to finally track him down July 7.
They say it took so long because Downey lives with his grandmother and is unemployed. Following his arrest, Downey told investigators that he knew what he was doing was illegal.
“I was real happy to hear we had Downey in custody because he had operated under the radar for so long, and was a little more difficult to track down than most of the child predators we’ve arrested,” said Randall Edwards, Canadian County Sheriff.
Investigators were able to get a full confession from Downey, including that he intended to meet with the girl and have sex with her.
“There’s no doubt in my mind that we’ve prevented an innocent child from being victimized by this man, and Oklahoma is a safer place for kids to live because of his arrest,” said Edwards