A 32-year-old father posted an online advertisement seeking an individual to rape his 11-year-old girl, a spokesman for the St. Louis Police Department told TheBlaze Tuesday.
Anthony Brinkman was arrested Friday at a Cracker Barrel restaurant and charged with attempted statutory sodomy and sex trafficking of a minor.
“The suspect posted an ad online looking for someone to engage in sexual conduct with his daughter,” St. Louis Police Media Relations Officer Randy Vaughn told TheBlaze Tuesday. “He showed up at a predetermined location with the victim.”
St. Louis County Detective Mike Slaughter told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that the man responded to an officer posing as a 27-year-old woman and wanted her to help him sexually assault her with sex toys.
“From the time he posted that ad to the time we arrested him was less than 48 hours,” Slaughter reportedly said.
After being taken into custody, Brinkman admitted to police that he posted the ads, Vaughn said, adding he has never seen anything like this as an officer.
“I’ve never dealt with anything like this in my years of service,” Vaughn said. “This is not something we see a lot, obviously. Thank God.”
“It’s absolutely disgusting,” he added. “It’s sick and even from my world it’s hard to believe. I’m a father of two young kids myself and to think there is a father out there that has strayed away from taking care of his children to put them in this danger is really hard to come to grips with.”
The unidentified girl has been released to other relatives. Brinkman is being held on a $100,000 cash bond.
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