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Okeechobee man arrested for trying to solicit a minor online

Okeechobee County Sheriffs Office
Okeechobee County sheriffs office

An Okeechobee County man has been arrested after he reportedly tried to solicit a minor through a social media account.
Authorities say they began investigating 31-year-old Brian Peterson on Monday after the mother and her minor contacted them regarding an unknown man who reached out to the child.
The parent permitted investigators to use the minor’s account to engage in conversation with Peterson.
Still believing that he was speaking to the minor, Peterson arranged for them to meet up.
Authorities went to the location and after a “brief struggle,” Peterson was taken into custody.
He is facing charges for knowingly using an online computer service to solicit a child, electronically transmitting harmful material to a person known or believed to be a minor, and resisting an officer without violence.