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LAWRENCEVILLE -- Gwinnett County Police Department detectives arrested a 32-year-old Dacula resident on a charge of attempting to entice a child into an indecent act, police announced Friday.
Jason Elliot Selby is accused of trying to engage a 13-year-old girl in sexually explicit behaviors, a news release states. He was booked into the Gwinnett County Jail on Thursday evening and released Friday on $11,200 bond.
Selby allegedly approached a 13-year-old girl Sunday at a retail store in Lawrenceville. He reportedly told the girl and a friend accompanying her that he wanted to get to know them and asked for each of their cell phone numbers.
The 13-year-old girl gave Selby her cell phone number, according to a news release. Over the next few days, Selby repeatedly text messaged the girl's phone, police said.
"Without provocation, the suspect text messaged several suggestive comments to the victim's phone indicating it was his desire to become sexually involved with the child," the news release states.
The girl's mother, who had been monitoring the text messages, contacted the Gwinnett County Police Department.
Detectives with the Special Victims Unit and Internet Crimes Against Children Unit launched an investigation into the matter. During the investigation, detectives, posing as the girl, communicated with Selby via text messaging.
As the investigation progressed, Selby arranged to meet the girl at a Buford area retail store, police said.
"It was his expressed interest to take the 'victim' to a hotel room for intercourse," the news release states. "When the suspect arrived, he was met by detectives and was taken into custody without incident."
Detectives are trying to determine if any other children were victims of Selby's alleged activity. Anyone with additional information is asked to call the Special Victims Unit at 770-513-5300.
The Internet Crimes Against Children Unit is a proactive initiative of the Gwinnett County Police Department. Several seasoned detectives within the Special Victims Unit and Electronic and Financial Crimes Unit have been specially trained and equipped to combat predators who stalk children using technology.
With today's technology, children and teenagers can become victims of Internet crimes, police said. Predators contact teenagers and children over the Internet and victimize them by enticing them through online contact for the purpose of engaging in sexual acts, using the Internet for the production or distribution of child pornography, using the Internet to expose children to child pornography and encourage them to exchange pornography, or enticing and exploiting children for the purpose of sexual tourism.
Physical contact between the child and the perpetrator does not need to occur for a child to become a victim or for a crime to be committed, police said.